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1st fiddle by ROY D #8: working on arching

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Blog entry by roy posted 05-16-2009 09:35 AM 770 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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lots of hours to shape arching
just starting on taking shape
this is only outside, still have to finish outside before i start the inside and getting the thickness right

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "



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rwyoung

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 05:27 PM

Fan-freaking-tastic! You seem to be enjoying yourself with this project.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 05:32 PM

pretty cool

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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roy

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 07:33 PM

i see why people use copying routers to do the plates!!!!!
i just shaved and shaved thin pieces at a time.
this is soft wood for the top “basswood”

i may use popular for the back on this first on and save the pretty hard maple for the second one. i am saving a piece of 20 year old red spruce for the next top
and have a piece of 30 year old hard maple for the next back.
i am going to try and make everypiece my self except the strings and the tailgut

shouldn’t take more than a couple of years if i work hard on it everyday!!!

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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matt garcia

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 11:25 PM

I takes a lot of guts to build a stringed instrument!! I admire your courage, and I agree, it is coming along well!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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stefang

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 12:03 AM

Roy, thanks for that project journey. When I saw the the hollowing out photos it reminded me of an article about violin making I read many years ago. The author had made quite a few itsy bitsy planes from small aluminum profiles, mostly square profiles if I remember correctly. He said he needed them because of the relatively tight curves he had to hollow out. It looks to me that you are doing a real good job on it. Good luck with it. Hope you post it when finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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roy

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 02:34 AM

thanks for all the kind words

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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Cantputjamontoast

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 03:04 PM

Roy,
You still out there making this?

Can you give an update?

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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roy

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 03:26 PM

i’m still here but haven’t took the time to work on it this summer. i worked a few days and got a lot done
i ruffed out the inside and bent the sides ..i will try and make a post soon with some pictures . I have been online NASCAR racing on the computer using rFactor—- VHR Stockcar and helpin run a league. it has taken over my time. racing is VERY addictive!!!!

hope to get back into my woodworkin more this winter

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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Cantputjamontoast

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 04:53 AM

I’m watching for you.

Thought something might have happened to ya!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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roy

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#10 posted 11-23-2009 05:21 PM

i have lost the pictures of my latest work on the fiddle top
i had step by step pictures of the process i used to git most of the wood removed from the inside of the top.
basically i set the depth of my drill press and made a homemade piece to set the thickness of the top where i drilled the wood away.
as soon as a can remember (had a coffee break and a nap since my last post…i need retrained on EVERYTHING!!)
how to post pictures i have taken a few of the top
i have also bent the sides (using my $$$$$ expensive top of the line bender ) will post pics of it
hope that i can git started on my woodworkin again (starting today)
i have orders from the boss for a set of custom glass lid boxes to put my mini instruments in and hang them on the wall too
i’ll have pics and a blog for this project (hopefully..if i remember how!!)
just want to say HAY!! to all my old friends at lumberjocks and the new ones in the future

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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Cantputjamontoast

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 03:01 AM

This came from somebody that knew what he was talking about—-Gary Fixler.

He posted it on my silverMaple comments please thread.

You put an exclamation mark, followed immediately by the online address of the image (e.g. http://www.somesite.com/someimage.jpg), followed immediately by parentheses, inside which you put whatever rollover text you want (text that pops up to describe the image when you roll over it with the mouse), followed immediately by another exclamation mark, then a colon, and lastly followed immediately by an address to somewhere else (in my posts, each image has the URL to the flickr page where the image comes from, so you can click the image to go over there and view larger, or read my descriptions there).

So, if I wanted to put in an image of my dust collector, with a link to its flickr page, and some simple rollover text, I’d do this:

! http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3583/3675923757_59e2e66e66.jpg?v=1246399637(my dust collector)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyfixler/3675923757/in/set-72157620643043579/

Note the space after the ! at the beginning. That keeps it all from resolving to an actual linked image. If I do all that again, but remove that space, as you would do in your post, it becomes this:

More simply, just click the little picture of the mountain with the sun over it above each post or comment box. Then it’ll just ask you for the 3 pieces of info, and make the link for you wherever your cursor is in the entry box.

Even more simply, just put the address to the image with an exclamation point on either side of it (no spaces between), and that’ll become the image in your post. It won’t have rollover text, or a link elsewhere, so clicking it won’t do anything, but it’s a very simple, effective way to inline images.

—Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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