Building something like a bass viol #11: Doing some finishing

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-21-2020 01:55 AM 636 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I brought the instrument home to stain and spray it with lacquer. It’s one of the many times I wished that they had a spray booth at work.

When the weather permits, I prefer to spray outside, otherwise I use the spray and run method in my basement.

After many (perhaps 4) coats of spray lacquer, I scrub the instrument down with steel wood and windex. Then I give it one more spray coat and scrub it down aghain to give it a semi-gloss finish. Trust me it works for me.

Then I can glue on the fingerboard.

Bringing it back to work, I can create and install the nut. This one is made of cherry that I had from an old tree.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 11-21-2020 04:04 AM

Getting closer! Hope to hear it play.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-21-2020 04:44 AM

Hey Dave I found these snooping around in anthm27 shed while he is in Hong Kong

I immediately thought of you so I took a few pictures.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 11-21-2020 10:06 AM

Nice work Dave, looking good.

-- "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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