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Building something like a bass viol #2: The pegbox

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-23-2020 05:32 PM 484 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Roughing out the neck Part 2 of Building something like a bass viol series Part 3: More neck and pegbox »

I’d love to say that I have some super precise measurements when I’ve created a pegbox, but really, aside from knowing how far forward to put it and about how long it should be, I just wing it.

I roughly mark it out and drill holes inside to help with the carving. The drilled holes also help me keep the depth pretty much uniform.

It still looks a bit rough, but I refine it as I go along and work on the scroll.

Here I am creating the fluting that runs around my custom Dave Rutan style scroll. The fluting also runs down the back of the scroll. No real measurements here either. I just make it look even and smooth.

Except for some fine tuning, the scroll and pegbox are good to go. No fine sanding has happened yet.

I say this every time, but SOMEDAY, when I get a few good gouges, I’ll try making a traditional style scroll. Until then, I’m sticking with my design.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 08-23-2020 06:06 PM

Does the peg box dimensions make a difference?, I am of the impression it’s function is simply to hold the pegs and make room to wind the strings around them.
As for a “traditional style scroll”, I say go for it. You can shape the scroll with any sharp tool, just make good layout lines and adhere to them. I’ve read articles where a beading tool was made from a screw & block of wood. The screw head filed sharp to scrape out the bead. With some thought, I’m sure a cutting or scraping device could be devised.
Have you seen anything like this? I’ve read about and tried filing a profile on a broken hack saw blade, and mounted it in a wooden handle to scrape the product. A hard and sharply filed piece of metal leaves a surprisingly nice finish.
Food for thought.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 08-23-2020 08:36 PM

I’m with Tom. Heck, I’ve carved enough with just a knife to think that it’d be possible to make a traditional-looking scroll.

That said, there’s something to be said for having your own unique style, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 08-23-2020 08:43 PM



Does the peg box dimensions make a difference?, I am of the impression it s function is simply to hold the pegs and make room to wind the strings around them.
As for a “traditional style scroll”, I say go for it. You can shape the scroll with any sharp tool, just make good layout lines and adhere to them. I ve read articles where a beading tool was made from a screw & block of wood. The screw head filed sharp to scrape out the bead. With some thought, I m sure a cutting or scraping device could be devised.
Have you seen anything like this? I ve read about and tried filing a profile on a broken hack saw blade, and mounted it in a wooden handle to scrape the product. A hard and sharply filed piece of metal leaves a surprisingly nice finish.
Food for thought.

- Oldtool

When it comes down to it, the pegbox just needs to serve it’s purpose. For this one, I basically make the walls 1/4 inch thick and long enough to hold 7 tuning pegs. IF I had a specimine instrument, I admit that I’d take measurements off of it.

I have two mahogany neck/scroll blanks for a fiddle hiding in my stuff. When I run out of other projects I want to build, I’ll try to make at least one of them a traditional scroll. If I really goof it up, I can always re-form it into my design.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 08-23-2020 08:46 PM



I’m with Tom. Heck, I’ve carved enough with just a knife to think that it’d be possible to make a traditional-looking scroll.

That said, there’s something to be said for having your own unique style, too.

- Dave Polaschek

I would definitely make cello necks. I tried to buy one (cheap) and it never arrived. After 6 months I just made my own of my own style. I put it on the box cello I made for my wife.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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htl

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#5 posted 08-24-2020 03:56 AM

Looking good, nice work.

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