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Silent Fiddle Build #11: Fitting the pegs

06-09-2020 01:53 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

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)...

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Silent Fiddle Build #4: Neck Mortise

06-03-2020 11:04 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

Next step for me is to create the mortise for the neck and fit it into the body. This is definitely not a job for dull tools. The tab on the back was created when I was making the half laps. I won’t glue this on until just before putting the finish on.

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Silent Fiddle Build #3: Making it thinner

06-01-2020 09:27 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

And here I am filleting the fiddle to bring it down to the thickness of a violin. I cleaned this up with a hand plane and some sanding.

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

06-01-2020 12:04 AM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

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 righ...

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Silent Fiddle Build #1: Design and shape

05-31-2020 04:07 PM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

Work on my second teardrop fiddle is going to slow down, so I thought I would share the other project I’m building. This is a bit experimental as I cannot be sure that it will work. I’m building the body from solid mahogany and will be installing an electric pickup, like an electric guitar. Main reason For the build is so that I can practice at home without a practice mute. Having two other musicians at home doesn’t mix well with messing around on a fiddle. I.E. I don’t play well. My origi...

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