Violin #4 Project

(May 6th, 2022 - ????)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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  1. THE IDEA AND PREPARING SOME TOOLS AND JIGS: Oops, I've Done It Again, Researching for Measurements, A Better Carving Cradle. The Research is Complete, It's Another Unboxing!!!!, Is the Mold Accurate?, Finalizing My Measurements, The Decisions Have Been Made!!!,

    BLOCKS AND RIBS: Cutting the Blocks

  2. Making C-Bout Rib Clamping Blocks, New Spruce for Wider Neck Block from International Violin Company, Gluing the Blocks, Sanding the Blocks, Preparing to Shape the Blocks, Shaping the Blocks, Starting to Carve the Corner Blocks, Counter Blocks, Lovely Flame

  3. Scraping Down the Ribs, Finishing Prepping the Ribs, Cutting the Rib Strips to Size, Practice Bending, A Change in Plans. More Practice & New Ribs, A New Counter-Form Jig

  4. Finally Found A Way to Bend the C-Bout Ribs!!! (I hope.), A "New" Old Bending Strap, First Try with "New" Bending Strap, SUCCESS!!! (No Cracks!), Preparing the New Ribs. Adapting My Bending Slat, SUCCESS in Finally Bending the Real C-Bout Ribs!!!, The C-Bout Ribs are Glued and Clamped. Starting to Shape the Upper and Lower Bout Blocks

  5. The Blocks Are Shaped, Bending a Lower Bout and an Upper Bout Rib, Gluing the Ribs, Preparing to Bend and Glue the Other Upper and Lower Bout Ribs, All the Ribs Have Been Glued!, The Unveiling & Next Steps, Sanding the Ribs Level to the Blocks, Cornered!, Cutting Lining Inlets
  6. Bending Linings, Gluing the Linings, Success!, Leveling the Linings

THE TOP PLATE:

Planing the Top Plate, Gluing the Joint, Smoothing the Ribs, Flattening the Top Plate, Ah -- Much Better!

7. Locating Pins, The Plate is Bandsawn, Marking the Edge Thickness, Let the Carving Begin!, Carving Cradle Modification, WWLD?, Starting to Rough Out the Top, Round 1 is Complete!!!, Sharpening Fingerplane Blades

8. Beginning the Purfling Ledge, Rough Arching, The Rough Arching is Complete!!!, Practicing with the Dremel Purfling Router Jig, Routing the Purfling Platform!!!, Redoing the Arching, Practicing Routing the Purfling Slots, Routing the Purfling Slots, The Purfling Slots Are Done (Except for the Corners)

9. Marking the Corner Purfling Slots, Starting to Cut the Corner Slots and Fit the Purfling, Redoing the Purfling Strips and Starting to Glue Them In, All the Purfling is Glued!, Sguscia Time, Smoothing Out the Arching

10. A Toothy Grin, Scraping. Marking and Drilling Depth Holes, Hollowing Out the Plate, More Hollowing with Graduation Punch and Fingerplanes, Almost There, Positioning the ff-holes

11. Cutting Out the Soundhole Eyes, Using the Fret Saw, Carving with the Knife, The Second Soundhole, The Soundholes Are Complete!, New Scraper, Ready to Graduate, Fingerplane Shavings

12. Mapping Out the Measurements, Another Round of Graduating, Knowing When to Stop, Tea Time!!!, Fitting and Gluing the Bass Bar, Removing the Clamps, Shaping the Bass Bar

13. Success!, It's Tea Time Again, Odds and Ends

THE BACK PLATE:

What a Joint!, A Flat Success, Cut It Out!, Lazy Day? , Chisel Rack, Sjoberg Workstation Pro

14. Let the Carving Begin!, The Sawdust Trail, Day 1 of Carving Done, First Round of Rough Carving Done, The Sixth, Establishing the Fifths, Preliminary Arching is Done, Filing the Edges, The Purfling Ledge

15. Re-establishing the Arches, The Re-Arching is Complete, Routing the Purfling Channels (and a little blip), First Corner Purfling Channel Cut!, Second and Third Corners Done, Purfling Slots Complete, Purfled, It's Sguscia Time!!! , First Round of Arching after Sguscia

16: Final Arching Round 2, Back Hollowing Map, Cleanup and Drilling, First Hollowing, Ready to Start Using the Finger Planes, G4 Note, Mapping It Out

17. Graduation Punch Time!, The Back Plate is Finished!,

THE NECK:

Scatterbrained & Preparing the Neck Blank, The Neck is Bandsawed Out, Smoothing the Scroll, Marking the Neck Blank,

PREPARATIONS FOR REMOVING THE MOLD AND GLUING ON THE TOP:

Edgework, Plate Tunings, Fitting the Back Linings

REMOVING THE MOLD AND GLUING ON THE TOP:

18. Removing the Mold, Gluing Back Linings, A Eureka Moment!!!, Preparations for Gluing on the Top, The Top is Glued!, All is Well,

THE SCROLL AND PEGBOX:

Starting to Work on the Scroll, The Second Turn

19. Symmetry?, One Side Almost There, Both Sides Done, Scraped and Sanded, Drilling Holes into the Pegbox Area, Hogging Out the Pegbox

20. The Flautist, More Fluting (a Video),

FINGERBOARD AND FITTING THE NECK:

Fluting the Soundholes, Hollowing the Fingerboard, The Neck Root, The Mortise and Fitting the Neck

NUT, NECK-SHAPING, GLUING IN THE NECK, LABEL, PREPARING TO GLUE ON THE BACK:

21. The Nut and Starting to Shape the Neck, Neck-Shaping Day 2, The Neck is Glued!!!, Label, Planing and Sanding Button End Flush to Block, Re-Drilling Locating Pin, Gluing on the Back, We Have a Soundbox!

SHAPING THE HEEL, THE SADDLE, REMOVING THE FINGERBOARD:

22. Shaping the Heel and Filling the Locating Pin Holes, The Saddle, "C-R-R-A-A-C-C-K-K-K!!!", Sanding & More Sanding, Transformation,

VARNISHING:

The Gelatin Sealer, Antiquing Water Stain, Tinting the Ground Coat, First Coat of Clear Primer Varnish

23. Second Primer Coat, Color Varnish Experimenting, First Color Coat, Relief!!! , The Second Color Coat, The Third Color Coat, Fourth Color Coat, Fifth Color Coat

24.Another Drying Day, Color Changes, The Final (Sixth) Color Coat!!!, First Clear Coat, Scuff-Sanding, Second Clear Coat, A Vise Bench Dog Mod

25. I Can't Stand the Wait!!!, Vise Bench Dog Mod #2, Day #13 of the Waiting Game. Upcoming Project --- a Pochette!!!, Some Lucky Pochette Finds!!!, Pochette Neck and Fingerboard Measurements, Side View for Templates, Filing the Pochette Plate Template & Marking for the Mold Cutting Line

26.The Wait is Over, Wet-Sanding the Varnish, Super Nikco,

SET-UP :

Gluing the Fingerboard, Finishing the Pochette Template. Removing the Fingerboard Clamps, Working on the Nut, Fingerboard, and Neck Finish, Wittner Finetuning Pegs and Final Finishing of the Fingerboard and Neck

27. Nut Slotting, The Soundpost, New Fittings, The Bridge, Oh My My My

28. Trimming the New Rosewood Pegs, All Strung Up, but Some Problems to Fix, Fixing the Tuner Pegs, New Bridge Template and New Nut Slots, String Lifter, The New Bridge: Fitting the Feet, The Bridge Height and Arch are Cut, Finalizing the Bridge Height, It is Finished,

29. PDF Book Link, Gene Huang Plays My Violin!!!