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Teardrop fiddle build #6: Holes and Bars

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-24-2020 07:26 PM 457 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To make the sound holes, or F-holes as they are called, I glued a template to a piece of thin aluminum plate, added reference marks and cut it out with an exacto knife

Then, locating them on the top plate, I traced the holes and cut them out with my scroll saw and finished them up with a knife and sandpaper.

Last I glued on the bass bar. If this were an arch top violin I’d have to fit it, but with a flat plate it’s just a matter of gluing. I will say that I miss my set of homemade bass bar clamps. I forgot them at work, so I had to scrounge around in my collection at home.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Serradura

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#1 posted 03-24-2020 08:28 PM

So far so good! This will turn out in a nice instrument!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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#2 posted 03-25-2020 01:01 PM

To me, a complete novices on musical instruments, this is a rather odd shape for a violin. I’ve never seen anything but the traditional hourglass shape. The results of this build, especially if you provide a video, will be interesting.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 03-25-2020 02:49 PM



To me, a complete novices on musical instruments, this is a rather odd shape for a violin. I ve never seen anything but the traditional hourglass shape. The results of this build, especially if you provide a video, will be interesting.

- Oldtool

It’s important to remember that anything other than the traditional violin shape is a folk instrument, like a cigar box guitar, fiddle, etc. Most of the evolution of our traditional orchestral instruments has been to make them louder for larger venues. Mine should in theory be quieter than a traditional instrument.

I expect I can play something on the instrument, it just won’t be great.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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