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Violin Kit #6: Putting finish on

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 04-23-2018 11:12 PM 1552 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Warning. Appalling methods below

I finall got to the point where I feel I’ve finished the finish on this kit violin. I used water base mahogany stain and water base polyurethane. Purists will definitely not approve. The fiddle looks aniquey and old to me which is sort of what I wanted. One of the things I’m counting on with this finish is that the polyurethane will yellow over time. This should improve the look. Plus the wood should darken a little bit. The wood for the kit wasn’t the best in any case. Nothing about it was book marched.

Next I’ll be starting the set up.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 12:13 AM

Not traditional, as I understand it, but that never stops me. It’s your build, do as you will.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 04-24-2018 12:39 AM



Not traditional, as I understand it, but that never stops me. It’s your build, do as you will.

- Dave Polaschek

Usually the concern I hear about the finish is that it needs to cure to a hardness, otherwise the instrument will sound mellow instread of bright. There’s actually a lot of variables involved, not just the finish. We shall see if it turns out as merely a ‘wall hanger.’

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 12:44 AM

You mention not being book matched, is it common practice to use book matched and glued boards rather than a single wide board. Anyway, looking pretty good.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 04-24-2018 01:12 AM



You mention not being book matched, is it common practice to use book matched and glued boards rather than a single wide board. Anyway, looking pretty good.

- Oldtool

Some violins have solid plates. Some have bookmatched ones. It probably depends on the maker of the instrument though I think generally bookmatched is the norm.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 04-24-2018 09:37 AM

Usually the concern I hear about the finish is that it needs to cure to a hardness, otherwise the instrument will sound mellow instread of bright. There’s actually a lot of variables involved, not just the finish. We shall see if it turns out as merely a ‘wall hanger.’

Sounds reasonable to me. If it ends up being a wall-hanger, you’ve still learned something.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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johnstoneb

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#6 posted 04-24-2018 01:55 PM

The finish is looking good. Their are a lot of opinions in various articles on tone woods and finishes. I think it is in the ear of the listener more than anything. Whatever you do don’t go against tradition. I built a chromatic mountain dulcimer for my SIL and posted it on a dulcimer site. There are people out there that say a chromatic dulcimer is not a real dulcimer. I figure that is their loss.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 04-24-2018 04:11 PM



The finish is looking good. Their are a lot of opinions in various articles on tone woods and finishes. I think it is in the ear of the listener more than anything. Whatever you do don t go against tradition. I built a chromatic mountain dulcimer for my SIL and posted it on a dulcimer site. There are people out there that say a chromatic dulcimer is not a real dulcimer. I figure that is their loss.

- johnstoneb

I think the 2nd mountain dulcimer that I made for the wife is chromatic, by her request. I only posted here though, so I didn’t get any flack. It’s odd though, MDs are folk instruments, so I don’t see why anyone would pretend that their form is frozen, like a violin. The folks you mentioned must get upset a lot about putting electronic pick-ups in a dulcimer, eh? It’s all music, even if it’s an old wooden crate.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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