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Shopmade Luthier Tools #23: Violin Crack Clamp

06-21-2017 09:19 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

Last week I found a violin in the bone pile that looks like it’s trying to crack in half lengthwise. Not having any appropriate clamp to hold such a thing together for gluing, I put my mind to it and came up with this clamp. I made it out of 3/4 inch mahogany, using two pieces on each side. I did that so that I could easily create the groove on the inside of the curved parts to engage the lip on the edge of the violin. The groove is shallow so the clamp body won’t press...

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Adventures in Lutherie #12: A few shots from my day

06-13-2017 09:04 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I’ve been going through the ‘bone pile’ in the shop, looking for specimens that I think I have the ability to repair. The best way to learn is to do, and since these were actually already in the scrap box, how could I possibly goof anything up? My boss once said to me that if I goof something up, we’ll just take it apart and fix it. These first two shots are of a 3/4 violin that had a missing corner on the upper left C bout. The top of violins is spruce, IE the same...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #22: Rotary File/Hole Chamfer tool

05-23-2017 12:16 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

In looking around for the best buys on the tools I actually have to buy versus make to repair bowed string insytruments, I encountered a tool that I haven’t missed having—yet. Seeing that it’s looks like a counter sink bit on a handle, I made one. The handle is a turned spindle that I saved from a piece of furniture for just such a use. I just had to shorten it and drill a hole in one end to accept the counter sink bit on one end. I glued it in with epoxy and...

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Adventures in Lutherie #11: Bench Puppy and Tiny Wedges

05-08-2017 07:57 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I needed a place to use a chisel to cut small wedges out of maple for rehairing violin bows. The benchtop has a piece of carpet on it and I didn’t want to damage anything anyway. I made a small bench dog to give me something to push against and cut into without worry. It’s made with a scrap of oak that I had. The cleats are just glued on but are holding up fine. The wedge I msade is the small bit of wood with the dot on it just at the corner of the chisel. I believe itR...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #20: Neck Clamps for Violin, Cello, etc...

04-03-2017 05:09 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

There are at least two instruments in the shop that need necks reattached. I was shown how to do this when the entire neck is detached, but two cellos are broken at the joint and the method shown me might not work so well. Google to the rescue! I found photos of commercially available models, selling for multiple tens of dollars, and decided I could make my own. I used some of the mahogany at my disposal, some 3/8 in. threaded rod, and some sheet cork I was given a few years ago. ...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #19: Small size sound post setter

03-27-2017 08:02 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I already own two violin size sound post setting tools which I purchased online. The other day I was setting a sound post in a less than full size instrument and I got the feeling I was stretching the limits of the tool. I got the post set successfully, but it entered my mind that a smaller tool might be handy for if I should have to work on a 1/4 size violin or smaller someday. So today I went down into my woodshop, took a piece of 1/4 iinch flat brass and went to work with the grinde...

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Adventures in Lutherie #10: Just a glue-up-du-jour

03-21-2017 07:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

This poor cello had a slit in its face and part of its top had separated from the ribs. Today I felt confident enough to try repairing it. It is curing until I get to work tomorrow.

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Adventures in Lutherie #9: How to rehair a bow

03-01-2017 05:23 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

You might not realize this, but all musical instruments occasionally need maintenance. Brass instruments may need a new spring in the valves, pianos might need new felt on the hammers, or a woodwind may need new cork on the stops covering the holes. For the string instruments probably the most frequent maintenance is rehairing of the bow. The horsehair actually wears out from use and an unused bow, kept in its case may succumb to an infection of bow bugs that break the hairs off. Part ...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #18: Violin bridge jigs

02-07-2017 08:09 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

It stands to reason that if I need bridge jigs for a cello, [link 1] [link 2] I’ll need bridge jigs for a violin as well. I made these out of some scrap wood. The bridge fitting jig (on the right above) was made from oak. The string jack/lifter is from poplar. I made the blank for it at the time I made the blank for the cello string lifter. Brass hardware gives a tiny touch of class to jigs which are very utilitarian. I finished the string lifter with golden oak stain and th...

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Project Ideas, Hmm... #7: Luthier toolbox

02-06-2017 08:09 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

The rumors of my demise have been exaggerated. Between starting to learn this new job, mostly from home, and running my daughter back and forth to concert rehearsals, I’ve had little time to do much aside from gearing up to repair instruments. Which brings me to the title of this post. Right now these tools are living in a shoebox, both the ones I’m using and the ones I anticipate needing in the future. I’ve been thinking about what kind of tool box I could build to house...

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