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Will the whole thing be made of oak? Somewhere I saw a video of an oak fiddle being played. The tone was quite high and whiney with very little projection. Of course I can't find it now...Will be interesting to see what yours sounds like
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first, to the scraping. well, i don't have a scraper and i have a palm sander. I don't have gouges but i have an angle grinder so,,,,,, that's the reason behind the tools.
As of now, everything will be oak. With this being my first attempt, i wanted to make it as cheap as possible so my choices were oak or pine.
as far as the tone, i have an idea... my thought is that oak doesn't resonate all that well so the high tones just get thrown out and the lower tones just dissipate. So I have to get the base tones into the wood somehow. Just have not vigured out exactly how to do it. it will be trial and error. a lot of error.
I have seen violins made of Oak, Redwood, Cedar and all sorts of wood and materials. May I suggest you use a piece of pine for the top and then you have anoter back to make another violin with. Don't buy a neck. Making a scroll seems difficult but give it try. It is actually very easy to do. Keep us informed. I started a topic for people to show thier violins and work in progress so maybe you could keep us up to date by posting pictures there also.
well, the tuner came up Gb twice. so i stopped. however, the tuners battery went completely dead, so. i ended up finding the matching sound on the piano. that doesn't really matter now, it's a higher pitch now. have not really bothered figuring it out . That is really the last thing i'm worried about now.
i understand the reason behind spruce, however, i heard a chestnut violin that was ok.
anyway, i don't really care. this is more of an experiment. i don't expect it to sound as good as maybe even cheap violin. if it has any resonance, i'll be happy.
ok, day 3. the top and bottom are pretty much done.??? I have pieces of oak glueing up for the neck.
now i have to get the mold made for the sides.
to address the sound issue, i plan to take the bass bar and hollow out a channel down the side that is against the top. on the bridge, i am trying a couple of things.
1. i am drilling a small hole through the feet up into the bridge.
2. if that doesn't do anything, i might put a real tiny dowel coming out of the bridge, through the top and into the channel in the bass bar.
there has to be a way to get the sound out of the wood. you just have to find it. spruce is used mostly because it's easier to get the sound. look at the balsa fiddle online. it sounds great.
kind of made a scraper out of a piece of steel i had laying around from a motorcycle project. hmm, i do like the results better than sanding.
I roughed out a neck and scroll. It won't be as pretty as the scroll on other violins due to the difficulty of trying to carve it with a 1inch chissel.
I like the idea of the pine front. i actually thought of that before making this one but changed my mind for some reason. The experimentation of this interrests me so this entire piece will be oak. I'll even try to make the tailpiece out of oak.
The arch of the top and back are deeper, hopefully to give a little more air room.
my biggest concernes right now are ribs. just not sure how i'm gonna do them with the tools i have but i'm sure i will figure something out.
If you even have just one piece of 1 inch pipe it can be put into a vise and a torch run inside of it or just heat the pipe on your stove and then use it. There is another way from a book where you use 3 pieces of thin laminate and put them over a form and glue the two together. Once the glue is dry they stay in shape.
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