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Found some instructions on making a peg reamer and shaver
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I am not saying I recommend this or that it would do as good a job as commercial ones.  Interesting stuff to look over in any case. 

Probably not a good idea to use this on a multi million dollar Strad or anything. 

http://www.instructables.com/i.....eg-Hole-R/

http://www.instructables.com/i.....eg-Shaver/

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Very interesting and DIY Dan. :)

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Hi @DanielB 

Good links. However, I don't think that I'm going to attack any of my instruments with a pair of modified scissors rofl

 

I have been buying a few bits and pieces of late. A couple of different types of sound post setters, a string lifter, and a some other things. 

 

I'll probably buy a purpose made reamer and peg shaver soon off eBay soon.They aren't too expensive.

 

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Yeah, I think that's a lot more sensible.  And I can think of some less maybe less makeshift ways it could be done.

It was, after all, for use on a banjo being made out of a cookie tin.  Not somebody's pretty fiddle/violin.

But I found the ingenuity and improvisation just fascinating.

Have to wonder if the old makers like Stradivarius and etc made their own tools.  Probably some of them, at least.  Makes me wonder which ones they bought and which they made for themselves.

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DanielB said
Yeah, I think that's a lot more sensible.  And I can think of some less maybe less makeshift ways it could be done.

It was, after all, for use on a banjo being made out of a cookie tin.  Not somebody's pretty fiddle/violin.

But I found the ingenuity and improvisation just fascinating.

Have to wonder if the old makers like Stradivarius and etc made their own tools.  Probably some of them, at least.  Makes me wonder which ones they bought and which they made for themselves.

I promise that when I make a cigar box fiddle that I will use a pair on modified scissors. thumbs-up

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Very nice. It would be great to see someone on this forum give it a shot and show us the result.

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but the one who needs the least."

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I hadn't ever really thought much about peg shavers and reamers before getting my "in the white" violin.  I'll need to educate myself a bit on such tools, since that instrument just has the pilot holes drilled for pegs and endpin. 

However.. Like just about *everything* related at all to violins, there seems to be quite a lot of difference of opinion among the assorted experts about what tools are actually best for the job.  For just one example, with reamers, the blades can be straight or spiralled, and if spiralled, the spiral can go right handed or left handed or even one way for part of the length and the other way for the other part.  More than a bit of argument over which of those is best.  

There isn't even a clear consensus that I have found over what taper is actually best.

Silly me for thinking anything might ever be simple.  LOL

I did look on ebay, and while the tools aren't all heinously expensive, most of them do run more than my "in the white" violin cost in the first place.  I have also run into problems before from trying the least expensive tools on the market.  They often end up not having been worth even the bargain price. 

So I may look into at least making a reamer for some experiments on scrapwood.  Probably won't bust up a pair of scissors, though.  I have a few square feet of medium heavy gauge stainless steel that I got and set aside years ago just as stock for making small tools and jigs.  That option is not as "DIY", though, since most people wouldn't just happen to have it lying around.

I'm not averse to making my own tools and jigs when something needs done.  My "bridge jack" (I think that is the same tool as Ferret's string lifter), for example, wouldn't win any beauty contests.  But it's steel and wood and leather, and it has worked well and done no damage to my violins.  

 

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So yeah, some experiments may happen.

 

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Dan.... " so yeah, some experiments might happen.." giggle... yeah.. I bet there is a bit of that theme running in your life about many things.. :)   Your so talented and inventive!

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