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Silent Fiddle Build #11: Fitting the pegs

06-09-2020 01:53 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

The last bit of work that needs to bew done is fitting the pegs to the peg box and fitting the bridge. I didn’t photograph the bridge this time, but the process can be seen in a previous blog post here: [Replacing a Viiolin Bridge] First the pegs are tapered and sized. They should be oversize when new. A peg shaper/shaver is used to make them smaller. This operates just like one of the old pencil sharpeners. Then, using a reamer that matches the taper of the peg shaper (1:30) I ream out the peg box. The idea is to fit the hole to the peg so that the small end almost peeks out the end, But also so that the pegs look even. If a bit pokes out, it is trimmed and rounded over ...

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