1st fiddle by ROY D #6: bending the sides

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Blog entry by roy posted 04-25-2009 02:42 AM 1326 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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tryed to bend the sides today
oops!!! side split
don’t use a brace that don’t cover the entire side. when it dryed it split on 1 side where the grain was wavey
it split because the brace i used was just a thin piece where i cut out the mold.
i will build some more braces that are thicker than the sides so that it covers the entire piece!!!

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

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 04:24 AM

Looks like your off to a great start, well except that little mishap with sides. I look froward to seeing how it all turns out. good luck!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 04:31 AM

we all learn from destroying beautiful expensive wood !!!!
i hope my mistake will help the next person not make that same mistake i did

if i knew what i was doing …i would be done by now!!!!

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

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#3 posted 04-25-2009 02:49 PM

The scroll and the pegbox looks very nice.
Didn’t you apply steam bending technique?
I hope to see the finished fiddle pretty soon!
Good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-25-2009 03:35 PM

Looks like it’s coming along nicely. Keep us posted with your progress. It looks like a fun and challenging project!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 04-25-2009 04:31 PM

i used a $2 steam iron !!! for my steam bending
i wet the wood about 20 seconds in the sink. the i wet a kitchen towel put the wood on it folded it over and ran the steam iron back and forth over the wood for about 1 minute then wraped it around the mold starting at the back, clamping it and then just pushed the sides around and put the extra pieces of scrap from where i cut out the mold and clamped it. let it sit over night.

i will build some better clamping pieces that cover the full width of the wood.
the figured maple split along the grain where it wasn’t covered on 1 side. the other side didn’t split

you don’t need a $150 bending iron to bend wood!!
i took it out of the mold this morning and it held it’s shape great!!

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 04:55 PM

I have a friend when i was a boy, whose father made fiddles, he had a wide variety of jigs in his shop.

It looks like your off to a good start.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-25-2009 07:53 PM

Hi Roy,
Good to see progress being made sorry about your broken bit. Takes a lot of time to get it smooth and thicknessed. Irritating when it breaks. Good luck on the next stage.

-- Dave D

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