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Silent Fiddle Build #11: Fitting the pegs

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-09-2020 01:53 PM 445 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 for good style.

Then the string hole is drilled in each peg. There are a few philosophies on this, but I like the string hole to be centered between the walls of the peg box. It looks good and allows room for movement over the years.

Lastly it is strung up and tested.

Watch for the project post in a day or so. I want to record a sample piece.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 06-09-2020 08:38 PM

The strings are different sizes, right? Are the string holes in the pegs different sizes, or all the same? I’m assuming they’re all the same, but I realized I wasn’t sure…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 09:09 PM


The strings are different sizes, right? Are the string holes in the pegs different sizes, or all the same? I’m assuming they’re all the same, but I realized I wasn’t sure…

- Dave Polaschek

Yes, the strings are different gauges, the exact measurements differ by manufacturer and what type of string they are (bare, wound, nylon, gut, etc. I drill a 1/16 in. hole for the strings. Sometimes the G string (the largest) will have a thicker wrappiung on the end and I’ll have to go a little larger on that one.

I found out that the colors of the wrappings on the strings can tell you what brand they are! I found a chart listing a lot of them. [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 06-10-2020 02:45 AM

Cool. With guitars you either remember what you put on last or you don’t. A few brands do funny windings that you might be able to recognize, but I don’t think there’s any sort of standard markings.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-30-2020 10:16 PM

Since I’ve begun work on another musical instrument, a comission job, I’ve decided to post the project for this one. Having a hard time recording a play sample because I got distracted by a few other creative projects. :-/
I’ll keep trying though.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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