Violin Kit #3: Fitting the Neck

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 04-11-2018 08:22 PM 328 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Small step, end button installation Part 3 of Violin Kit series Part 4: Attaching the Neck »

The main part of this violin kit is fitting the neck to the body of the instrument. To do this a mortise must be created in the neck end of the instrument (the one opposite the end button end) that not only fits the neck root as tightly as possible, but also holds it at the proper angle and height.

You start by cutting the overhand off the top plate, holding the neck in place for straightness and marking where it should go. Then you cut within your lines to a depth of about a quarter inch and grab the chisel of your choice to slowly remove material, test fit, remove material, trst fit, and repeat until it fits properly.

At some point you have to start shaping the part of the neck to meet well with the back extension which is called the button.

A chisel and rasp help with this.

Using a bit of paper as a feeler gauge helped.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 11:20 PM

So that’s how a violin’s neck attaches to the body. Interesting!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 04-12-2018 12:49 AM

So that’s how a violin s neck attaches to the body. Interesting!

- Dave Polaschek

Yes, and the very important part is that tab in the back. That’s really what keeps things solid. The mortise basicaly just cradles it. The glue helps though.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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