Doug Rice

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  1. MikeC, I'm no expert at making, and even less so at repairs, but in my experience with countersinks with multiple cutting edges, I think your peg reamer is the problem. With more than one cutting edge, it has tendency to chatter, resulting in the hexagonal holes you show. I would strongly recommend buying a decent one, such as T410 from Int'l Violin. It costs $34. My 2 cents. Doug
  2. Ernie, I just kept changing fields with Melving as author. Finally got it, along with three pages of other stuff. I have looked at his violin many times, so I recognized the thread when I found it. Whew!
  3. Ernie, here you go: Melving's fiddle It is amazing! This search engine is FUBAR.
  4. Michael, That is gorgeous!
  5. I have been really frustrated trying to do searches. Half the time it just gives me all of the recent posts, whether they contained the search term or not. Sometimes emptying the cache helps, or toggling the ascending/descending button. Rarely can I actually find what I am looking for. The new search engine is seriously messed up.
  6. It's already carved. It may have been that the glue was too thick, and I didn't notice it until it got thinned. Probably make a new top, but thought I could try to learn something new with what I have. Thanks guys, Doug
  7. Hi All, I am making a new violin. When I hold the top against a strong light, I can see a very faint clear stripe at the center seam. The seam is not open, but I am worried about it. It may have happened when I took the top off (another story.) I tried heating it up with a heat gun, rubbing in some hot glue, and using those curved clamps that arch across the bouts. I thought it was tight when I clamped it, but now it looks like it did before. I am thinking of trying either: 1. The heat gun again (or an alcohol lamp) and waiting until I see the glue bubble slightly, then using the arch
  8. Barry - it's very nice. I like the single line of purfling. The spruce is very interesting. Would you mind sharing how you did it? Also, just out of curiosity, what are the two sizes you make? Doug
  9. Doug Rice

    Rotary Tools

    Here is a copy of my notes from Michael: ***NOTE that he grinds off the bottom teeth if present*** Micheal Darnton Rotary File 1"x1" Rotary file (the coarsest you can find--and make sure it's a good one, which will cost about $20, not a $5 one)in the drill press, set 4mm over a fresh table topper of plywood, used at the highest speed. If you get one with teeth on the bottom (flat end) grind them off using a bench grinder and a power drill to spin the file (make the end a bit hollow and you'll be even happier.) Wrap all but the last 4mm with masking tape so you don't get chewed on. If th
  10. Doug Rice

    Rotary Tools

    Ed, McMaster-Carr is a good source for rotary files, etc. I believe that is where Michael got his, since it is also in Chicago. Doug
  11. Oded, I want to try your madder/alcohol tincture, but I don't really like using shellac as my ground (because it is so darned hard to strip off if I don't like it.) Could it be mixed with oil varnish, perhaps in an intermediary solvent like xylene? Or perhaps spirit varnish could be used as rgound? Thanks. Doug p.s. Bruce, I always enjoy seeing your photographs. I have learned a lot from them.
  12. Melvin, Good for you. Beware the attraction of wood containing hide glue (speaking from experience.) Doug