Adventures in Lutherie #12: A few shots from my day

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-13-2017 09:04 PM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been going through the ‘bone pile’ in the shop, looking for specimens that I think I have the ability to repair. The best way to learn is to do, and since these were actually already in the scrap box, how could I possibly goof anything up? My boss once said to me that if I goof something up, we’ll just take it apart and fix it.

These first two shots are of a 3/4 violin that had a missing corner on the upper left C bout. The top of violins is spruce, IE the same stuff that 2×4s are made from. I had previously cut some pieces from a 2×4 for such a purpose.

First thing is to make the edge straight. In this case I was even able to save the perfling on the edge. I took a piece of my spruce and edge glued it to the violin. I held the joint together with painters tape.

After it dried, I cut much of the excess away and carved it to shape using my pocket knife. I brought it to final shape with sand paper. sorry I didn’t show the rest of the process, but it’s basically just doing my best to match the finish and make the patch invisible.

Below is just a clamping job holding a crack aligned while the glue dries. I made the clamps myself as is noted in my lutherie tools series. [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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