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Silent Fiddle Build #2: Sanding, some assembly, and the oops

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-01-2020 12:04 AM 392 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design and shape Part 2 of Silent Fiddle Build series Part 3: Making it thinner »

Any title with the word ‘sanding’ speaks of excitement, right?

So here I’m sanding out the lines from my scroll saw cuts!

And then I cut the straight piece for the body and made half-lap joints, giving me three basic pieces. I’m going to use a factory made neck and fingerboard because I’m still too lazy to make my own.

And then I glued it together.

It was at this point that I showed it to my wife. She said, “Isn’t that too thick for violin?”

And she was right! I made it too thick.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 06-01-2020 02:47 AM

Easier to make it thinner than thicker… as long as you remove from both top and bottom so you don’t weaken the half-laps too much, seems you could remove quite a bit.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 01:23 PM

In the rough, but I’ll bet it looks good in the end.

Years ago, my brother was, an avid ‘fiddler’ and quite good too. Our heritage is Quebec and come from a long line of people like that.

Anyway, when I was in my guitar making phase he made a solid body electric mahogany violin that sounded pretty good. The pickup was one of those induction types that attached to the wood and got the sound from the wood. So, it could have been better. The craftsmanship was sweet though.

He was also a nuclear pipe welder at the Portsmouth naval shipyard in NH. He had access to the sheet metal shop and during lunch worked on a stainless steel electric violin. That was cool. A very sharp sound to it but interesting never the less.
I think I’ve got both of these hanging around my storage area in the shop someplace. Maybe I’ll dig them out and post some picts of them if I can find them.

Anyway, still watching. Do a good job. Don’t disappoint me ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 09:22 PM



In the rough, but I ll bet it looks good in the end.

Years ago, my brother was, an avid fiddler and quite good too. Our heritage is Quebec and come from a long line of people like that.

Anyway, when I was in my guitar making phase he made a solid body electric mahogany violin that sounded pretty good. The pickup was one of those induction types that attached to the wood and got the sound from the wood. So, it could have been better. The craftsmanship was sweet though.

He was also a nuclear pipe welder at the Portsmouth naval shipyard in NH. He had access to the sheet metal shop and during lunch worked on a stainless steel electric violin. That was cool. A very sharp sound to it but interesting never the less.
I think I ve got both of these hanging around my storage area in the shop someplace. Maybe I ll dig them out and post some picts of them if I can find them.

Anyway, still watching. Do a good job. Don t disappoint me ;-)

- Craftsman on the lake

I’m wondering if the steel fiddle had any kind of bracing to keep it from bending under the bridge.

A while ago I watched someone on Instagram make a fiddle completely out of acrylic. It looked great, but probably sounds shrill. Always fun to try new stuff. I would hate to have been the first to make a fiddle out of plastic. The pitchfork and torches brigade would have stormed the factory.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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