A cello endpin stopper / anchor is a device placed between a cello's endpin and the floor to prevent the cello from slipping (or from making holes into the floor).
My youngest daughter lost her cello endpin anchor earlier this year. Instead of buying her a new one, I built one myself.
With only a spare wooden board and a few tools, it's actually pretty easy to build one in less than an hour, and this Instructable will show you how.
Step 1: What You Need
- a wooden board about 9 to 10 cm wide and about 1.5 to 2.0 cm thick (3 to 4 inches wide and .6 to .8 inches thick)
- a power drill with a countersink bit and a regular 5 or 6 mm wood bit
- a jigsaw with a thin blade used for cutting curves (or even better a scroll saw)
- some paracord or similar
- paper and printer
- a small nail
- a hammer
Step 2: Finding a Shape for Your Anchor
I decided to choose a cello shape from my anchor, but you can choose any shape you want, even a simple rectangle.
Find your shape on the Internet (e.g. on Google Images) and print it at a scale that will match the width of your board.
Step 3: Cutting the Shape
Stick your paper shape to your wooden board.
Use a nail and a hammer to make small holes along your shape then remove the paper.
Now, use your jigsaw (or scroll saw if you're lucky) and connect the dots to cut the shape.
If you're using a jigsaw, make sure you use a setting that allows you to cut curves.
Step 4: Finishing the Shape
Use a wood chisel to improve your shape.
Then smooth the edges using sandpaper.
Step 5: Drilling Holes
Draw a line down the middle of the shape.
With your countersink bit, drill as many holes as you'd like along this line. Make sure the holes are deep and wide enough for the cello endpin.
Finally, use the regular wood bit to drill a hole across the shape at one end.
Step 6: Adding a Cord
Thread the cord through the hole you drilled across the shape.
Check the length of the cord and once long enough, knot the ends together.