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Sanding a bridge's feet to match violin belly
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I saw a tool that helps match bridge feet to violin. It clamps a violin in place,  sand paper goes on violin belly grit up then a clamp with wheels rolls bridge over sand paper to get feet to match violin. That was an interesting gadget. Sorry, I did not get pics. Sanding is still done by hand. I did not know such a tool existed thought I would pass along.

 

 

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Yes Raymond. This is what most of us use. Otherwise, chances are that the feet would be slightly rounded after sanding. It's almost impossible to hold a bridge perfectly when doing the final fitting. exactlyexactlyexactly

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Fiddlerman said
Yes Raymond. This is what most of us use.

What do you call one of those?

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I think = "Bridge foot fitter"

There might be a more technical term that I am not aware of though.

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What I would call it would be "Little Toy Car", because when I was sanding bridge feet last, that was what I used.

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I do most of the carving with a knife but I can't imagine being able to do as good of a job on that last finishing shaping without that tool. When you use that fitter the feet form perfectly. It's important though that you stand the bridge slightly back in the tool though because when sanding the feet the bridge comes down giving a more forward angle. It's better for the bridge to lean back ever so slightly anyway.

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I have never used one of these tools but I have  been thinking if it might do a better job.  I generaly use a knife to cut the feet and just do a final bit with sand paper. 
To help combat the rounded feet I only sand in one direction, this seems to work for me but I am not against change and trying new things.

 

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You probably have an exceptional technique Kevin. I'd let you cut me a bridge. :-)

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I thought  luthiers just used the 16" table saw for bridges....?

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I prefer the 28". It lets you cut through the 6x6's and 8x8's without too much trouble though she does occasionally bind on the 12x12's :D

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"I prefer the 28". It lets you cut through the 6x6's and 8x8's without too much trouble though she does occasionally bind on the 12x12's "

The 12x12s are only for viola feet!

 

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Hey guys!

I found this after looking online, often called a "redresser".

 

(I wonder if there is probably a way to make one of these out of wood and some small clamps).

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