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by Ken Nagy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I put on my new 1/4" band saw blade, and cut out my neck block the other day. Then I marked out the sides of the neck and pegbox, and the first spiral around the scroll. I marked in the mortise, and put it in the vise. Using the 3/8" palm gouge from Flexcut that I use for the eye of scrolls too, and...
by Ken Nagy
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I have the back about done. I need to put two small studs on; above and below the sap pocket patch. Then I'm still thinking about a pad over the sound post area. Would a linen patch sanded smooth work? The next step is the neck. When it is done, it can be glued together. I've been thinking about fin...
by Ken Nagy
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

Happy New Year. I tried to finish up a couple instruments. A baroque guitar in G needed frets tied on. I got them on, and overnight the bridge popped off. Nice. I went to the violin that just needed to be set up. It takes longer than you think. At least for me. I've only done about a dozen, so it is...
by Ken Nagy
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

Yesterday I trimmed the bass bar down, and drew out the scroll 2X's size. I used a technique that David Beard showed last week on maestro net. It worked pretty good for the main shape of the pegbox and first curve of the scroll, but the scroll is an odd ball with an extra half turn in it, and it loo...
by Ken Nagy
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

Yesterday I had a productive day. In 3 hours or so, I got the bass bar fit and glued, and cut the back so I can patch those 2 spots. I had 6 clamps made for bass bars, but 2 snapped, I think it was when gluing the parallel bars on the guitar belly. I used a wood screw with a pink eraser behind it. I...
by Ken Nagy
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I replaced the small section of purfling where half of it was missing, and smoothed up the edges. It looks better, but you can tell that something was changed. I didn't know it until I finished the inside purfling on the back, but the last few pieces of purfling I had were not the same as the rest. ...
by Ken Nagy
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

This is probably where I'd call it good before. I didn't have the 5X magnifier, and even after I got it, I wouldn't use it for cleaning up the finish, I was just glad to be done! Glue it up, put on varnish and strings and it's done. But the finish shows EVERYTHING. I found, after using the ground te...
by Ken Nagy
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

The StewMac purfling guide for the Dremel Tool worked great. I have a 1.1mm bit. The purfling measures 1.25/1.3mm. It fits tight in some places, and is a little too tight in others. I have a broken flat file the takes care of that. Better small than loose. Some might be from runout; but think about ...
by Ken Nagy
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I worked on pushing the low point out to the edge. I usually leave more stock on the edge, but then I sometimes have the purfling disappear. I don't like that. So this should help. Just doing that flattened out the back. I already wasn't too bad after just sitting on the bench. The basement is still...
by Ken Nagy
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way
Replies: 16
Views: 10439

Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

Maybe I got the bridge from fiddler shop? 5 string viola bridge. I did make the string angle steeper (155-6?) like a viola, and the f holes are pretty widely spaced. I don't see how a standard size violin could be a 5 string. It is just not wide enough. I have trouble with 4 strings at the top of a ...
by Ken Nagy
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way
Replies: 16
Views: 10439

Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

I don't know when Chet will get back to you. I only made one 5 string, but I think the sound is quite nice. I used a very wide body, and it's about 375mm long. But it still has a 195 stop, so Helicore strings work. The strings are fairly high tension, and you have an extra one, so you can't make it ...
by Ken Nagy
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I have the f holes cut in now, and started getting it to look more like a violin belly. You can do a lot just by feel. I use a thickness gauge I made to check. I have the most problem with purfling not being in deep enough; or leaving too much stock on the end, and craving the purfling out. The edge...
by Ken Nagy
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

That hasn't changed in weeks. It's been 41-44% and 57-60 degrees. Oddly, upstairs it has been 46-50% and 67-70 degrees. The sump pump is even running now for the first time since May or so. In the summer the dehumidifier kept it at around 50%, and maybe it got up to 68 degrees. I dumped it every day...
by Ken Nagy
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

Now to work on the belly. I make some tracings of the arching, inside and out. The paper I'm using has the tracings I made at this same stage of my arch top. It lets me see how much recurve has to be added on the inside, and you can check the cycloid on the outside. IMG_0194.jpeg On the belly, the c...
by Ken Nagy
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I carved the back down more, and used my profile gauge to see what I have. This is the result. Pretty close to a curate cycloid. A curate cycloid is easy to draw. You only need tho know the high point and the low point. Then you can calculate the mid point, vertically, and the points that would be m...
by Ken Nagy
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I glued the linings on, but haven't trimmed them yet. IMG_0176.jpeg With this method, you can mark the outline and the line of the linings. With that, I can tell that the bouts can be pretty much a curate cycloid arch on the outside. Between the corners it will rise faster, but on a belly, the f hol...
by Ken Nagy
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I got the ribs all glued on now, and have to put the linings on. I wanted to get the scroll started, I need a new 1/4" bandsaw blade. I left the tension on the other, and it was already messed up because I didn't know it had adjustments for the side. I thought I read how to set it up. Duh. So I squa...
by Ken Nagy
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Very new guitar maker
Replies: 3
Views: 773

Re: Very new guitar maker

My workshop is in the basement, and it was around 50 percent and 68 degrees from June through September. Upstairs it was 70-85 degrees an who knows how humid. Now it is 58 with 44 percent humidity. I checked it upstairs, and it is 68, but the humidity is 49. Not bad, but weird. I like to torture my ...
by Ken Nagy
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I put this post in yesterday; at least I thought I did. When I look this morning it wasn't there. Maybe I wasn't signed in? But how could I write a reply? My computer keeps logging me out of forums. Security. If people weren't so EVIL, we wouldn't need it. I bent the ribs Saturday. The four on the b...
by Ken Nagy
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin build real time start to finish?
Replies: 24
Views: 3516

Re: Violin build real time start to finish?

I have the blocks on the form now, and have to work on the ribs. They are cut out, but need to be split in half widthwise, and thicknessed. I'm using a skeleton mold that I saw on Andrew Carruther's site. This will show how it works better than I can explain. https://www.andrewcarruthers.com/skeleto...