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Making a Violin

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Blog series by RonPeters updated 1292 days ago 5 parts 18441 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: Making a Violin

1395 days ago by RonPeters | 10 comments »

Now that the bench is finished, it’s time to start using it for its intended purpose! I thought I’d document my progress along the way. I hope that’s ok with everyone? What to do first (besides building a bench)? Got to have a plan! Well, actually, you need a mold to shape the ribs (sides) of the violin to. A good book to start learning is ”The Art and Method of the Violin Maker” by Henry Strobel. Here’s a plan. Though I won’t follow this one...

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Part 2: End Blocks and The Middle Bout

1384 days ago by RonPeters | 8 comments »

I’ve cut and installed the corner and end blocks on the mold with just a dab of glue, so when I remove the mold, they release easily. These are what the ribs (sides) attach to. The blocks are made of willow because of its lightness and the added benefit that it is a fairly straight grained wood which makes cutting with the inside gouge an easy task. I then drew the points and top and bottom using the template. These are two different violins – reason for two templates. U...

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Part 3: Sides, or 'Ribs' ~ Bending & Gluing

1357 days ago by RonPeters | 7 comments »

Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...

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Part 4: Cutting the 4mm edge to size

1347 days ago by RonPeters | 3 comments »

The wood shaped to the line. If you check back a few posts there were two lines. My ‘final’ line is what you see remaining. Here’s a jig I made to cut the edges to size. Does anyone see what ‘the problem’ is in this picture? Think hard… It’s a 1hp Craftsman router with a 3/8” straight bit. I call it a ‘face off’ bit, but I could be wrong? The jig part is the device holding the router steady. It’s 1/8” alu...

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Part 5: Carving the plates

1292 days ago by RonPeters | 20 comments »

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....

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