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Project by Dave Rutan posted 01-05-2017 07:58 PM 1233 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





7 comments so far

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SirGareth

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 08:24 PM

Wow Dave… you have been tearing through making these tools and accessories! I would like to see how it works out for you doing the rehair.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 08:29 PM



Wow Dave… you have been tearing through making these tools and accessories! I would like to see how it works out for you doing the rehair.

- SirGareth

I’ve heard that re-hairing a bow CORRECTLY is tricky. I’m hoping that I happen to have a talent for it. It would make my employment future very bright.

There’s actually at least one more thing I need to make. It’s easy, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. Tomorrow I go and see my (hopefully) future employer. He apparently already has a few tasks for me as a ‘test’.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Texcaster

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#3 posted 01-05-2017 09:12 PM

All the best with the new job. Rehairing bows is something I’ve never gotten around to. Once I wanted black hair for a fiddle bow and the luthier absolutely refused! I thought it was a cool look and I wanted the extra grip. ” Absolutely Not!” So, I’ve never had black hair. I wouldn’t mind trying orange hair now, just to give it a chance and hope for the best.

Some talk about hair.

http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?id=16186

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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majuvla

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 10:14 AM

Nice vise. Now you are expanding your job -to violine setings.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-06-2017 11:34 AM

Dave, this looks like a very nice fixture. I don’t know much about violin bows but I’m sure that it will be a great aid to you in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 12:09 PM



Nice vise. Now you are expanding your job -to violine setings.

- majuvla

I hope so.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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sval229

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#7 posted 01-06-2017 06:38 PM

Looks great … but I’ll bet the horse isn’t too happy.

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