Tool Gloat: Brass Purfling Channel Cutter

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-18-2018 10:18 AM 1459 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is essentially a specialized cutting gauge that is used to cut a thin channel in the edge of a violin so that laminated purfling can be inserted. There are several types of these available, but I wanted this one made of brass. Even though I’m not even close to creating a violin, at least I have a tool to help spur me along on my journey.

The tool above the cutter is a thin specialized chisel used to dig out the material after the cutter digs the path.

This gives you an idea of how and where it is used.

And this image, borrowed from Instagram shows the groove that this tool will make. Some luthiers use a sort of dremel tool with a guide, but some still do it old school.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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