|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 01-05-2017 07:58 PM||707 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
Rather than needlessly spend money, I decided to build a vise with which to learn how to re-hair violin bows. Believe it or not, the horse hair which causes the violin to make sound wears out after some time and must be replaced. It’s a lot easier to work on such an object when it is held still, thus the bow vise.
I started by looking up such a thing and finding photos of (mostly) the commercially available models. Then I printed out a few screen shots for the details. I didn’t absolutely duplicate the commercial model, but I got something that will work.
[Below] My complicated set of plans. Overall measurement of 36 inches supplied by a blogger.
The wood is oak throughout. A few bibs and bobs of the hardware will be replaced with brass once I get to a hardware store. The frog clamp is mounted to the base with a single screw. I did this thinking that if I mounted it a little bit out of alignment that in might end up bending the bow stick. The vise is also adjustable for length. One of the odd things I discovered during the research for this project is that the violin bow is the longest of the orchestral instrument family. To cushion the grip on the bow and thus prevent scratching the finish, I lined the tip cradle and the frog clamp with pieces from my old leather jacket. Finally a used for that
The finish is…
say it together…
(in chorus) boiled linseed oil!
The vise needs to be clamped to the bench for use, but I left them out of the photo.
My violin bow needs a rehair. Once the hank of horse hair arrives, ‘ll be giving that a try. Anyone want a blog series about that operation. Think of it, shopmade lutherie tools in action!
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!