1st fiddle by ROY D #5: day 6 & 7

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Blog entry by roy posted 04-03-2009 04:20 PM 1311 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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day 6 and 7 spent working on the mold
didn’t have the right thickness of wood so i used my small IBEX plane to bring it down to size. i figured it would give me some practice using and taking apart ,sharpening, then putting back together and resetting the cutting edge before i start carving on the plates. i have both the toothed blade,for cutting across the grain, and the smooth blade for cutting with the grain.
i have to cut and shape the end blocks, then i will be ready to make a homemade,of course!, side bender

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 11:31 PM

Sweet little plane, Roy.
Is the middle of the sandwich just being used as a support while you thin the faces?
Is that spruce you are using?
Why all the holes in the body?

Keep up the nice work!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 12:15 AM

the mold is 2 pieces held together with screws. it is made this way so it can be removed after the sides are bent and attached with hide glue to the end blocks. the usual violin mold has 4 blocks where the points are on the sides. i wanted to be different so i did not make the points on the “C” bout.
the mold is 5/8 plywood and pine for the other side. i didn’t have the right size wood so i just used what i had and planed the pine side to get my rough size.
the holes are in the mold to put dowls thru the holes and use rubber bands to hold the forms that hold the sides till they dry. i have to pre bend the sides to fit the form by steam bending. then put them on the form glue the sides to the end blocks and then use the dowls and the left over pieces where i cut out the mold to hold the sides in place for a few days till it drys

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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