Among my hobbies is playing fiddle at acoustic jams.
What I have noticed when a bunch of fiddlers gather is that everyone “ohhs” and “ahhs” over the cases.
I think this is because all of the fiddles look the same. Sure some have a prettier finish or grain than others, but none really jump out at you.
There is always someone with a crocodile vintage case that wins the show. Those are hard to come by, so I thought I would try building a wooden case to try and keep up with the Jethros. Plus I will get extra points as they talk about how they won it on ebay and I get to say I built mine from scratch.
Let the pictures commence:
Yes, that is Poplar. I don’t want to hear about it. All my woodworker friends say “Looks good, but why in the world did you use Poplar?”. It was cheap, and the big box a mile a way had lots of it. I also was not sure if I could really build this thing as I had never built a box and did not have the proper tool. So I did not want to ruin a bunch of expensive wood.
All of those box joints were cut by hand using a scroll saw. Yep, I am too cheap to buy a jig… I won’t do that again. It was DAYS of cutting…
The finish is a water based cranberry from General Finishes and 8 coats of Arm-R-Seal.
I am still working on the interior. I am building an accessory compartment and will mount a brass lid stay to it.
The rest is covered in green velvet, and I cut and dyed those leather strips cranberry for the bow stays.
It is almost finished. I can’t wait to show up to the next ho-down. Now I need a really gaudy western shirt to match it ;)
-- Wes, Garland, TX