Ok, I’ve been busy with life and could only get to the violin as weather permitted, that is until I insulated the garage and installed an IR heat lamp which takes the chill off the air.
This is the maple back. I’ve carved guides using templates I made out of aluminum. After aligning the guides to the plate surface it’s a simple matter of carving away the excess and blending. There are 6 templates. 1 through 5 are horizontal left to right with the last spanning the length.
A close up.
Another view of the vertical template.
Notice the points of light? More carving to go…
The template should sit on the surface.
The work space.
Here is one of the scrapers I use to remove the sawtooth finger plane marks. I have to use the sawtooth because maple will tear out and leave divots in the surface.
Views of the scroll.
Finished plate surface. Need to trim up the edge and the ‘points’ still.
Top and Back.
The other sides. I still have to make a jig to hold the plates to be able to carve the inside.
Gluing the linings to the ribs. The 2mm lining strengthens the 1mm thick ribs and provides a wider surface for the plates to glue to.
Thanks for viewing!
-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I