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  1. FiddleDoug

    Flatening a plane

    I was taught that when fettling (tuning) a plane, the frog and all parts should be in place, and under tension. I got a piece of granite counter backsplash (checked for flatness), a couple of feet long,and glued it to a plywood base to use for planes. The key to using sandpaper type abrasive for this, is to get a really good grade of paper (I use Gator). With a really good paper, you can work the plane on it, and literally dump iron powder off of it for several cycles before the paper wears out. Starting with an 80 grit, or so, and working up to at least 400 grit paper, doesn't take that long. Use a very light coat of spray adhesive to tack the paper down to the granite.
  2. FiddleDoug

    Store bought varnish? I think I've found the right stuff?

    ????? They might have bought their varnish from the local apothocary, but where have you ever heard that they farmed instruments out for finishing??
  3. FiddleDoug

    Unusual Neck Repair

    I've seen nicer necks on slaughtered chickens.
  4. FiddleDoug

    Sycamore cello neck

    Out in the field, London Plane, and American Sycamore are pretty easy to tell apart. You'll find London Plane mostly planted around cities as an ornamental. The bark, especially the lighter parts, has a distinct yellowish tinge to it. The American Sycamore often grows along streams and rivers. The lighter parts of the bark are almost chalky white, with the other parts of the bark being grayish to brown.
  5. FiddleDoug

    No f holes??

    Based on the deficiencies in all of the instruments that he painted, I would guess that he didn't have a clue about acoustics.
  6. FiddleDoug

    No f holes??

    Many of the old artists are are not noted for accurate portrayals of instruments. Some of his other portrayals may have f holes, but they are severely deficient in other details.
  7. FiddleDoug

    Humidity Issues

    I'm not too far from you, in western NY. First thing you need to do is get a good hygrometer to keep track of the humidity. I think that David B. has some information on that. Is the humidity year round, or just in the summer? That might help you track down the source. Are there any steam pipes running through there that might be leaking? One thing that you might use as leverage with the school board is that some molds are toxic, and they don't want anything like that around the kids, or the staff. The repair costs for fixing open seams, pegs, warped parts, and mold removal are another issue to bring up. Dave's comments about room issues, air flow, and moisture are all good things to take into account.
  8. FiddleDoug

    Purpose of tuning the fingerboard

    Typically, the finger board gets its final shaping and finishing after it's on the instrument, so how could you tune it before? If you want to play those games, you should probably tune the chin rest as well.
  9. FiddleDoug

    About violin bow rehair

    I wouldn't present that to a customer. 1. Use a gauge. 2. No 3. No
  10. I would think that the baggage difficulties of flying with multiple instruments might dissuade one from doing that.
  11. FiddleDoug

    Extremely stubborn blocks!!

    That's as a gel, dissolved in water. Once it's dry, it won't melt until it's ready to char and burn.
  12. FiddleDoug

    Extremely stubborn blocks!!

    Hide glue doesn't melt!!! You must be thinking of PVA glues.
  13. FiddleDoug

    Found a cello... Is it worth repair?

    It would be a big job to restore, but could be done. You can buy an unfinished cello neck on Ebay, that would help make things easier. There are several good books out there.
  14. FiddleDoug

    Vernice bianca vs plaster ground

    Two main grounds? Hardly! The vernice bianca is a sealer, and the plaster is just a mineral filler. I've used vernice bianca, and incorporated filler, and/or color into it. It worked well for me.
  15. FiddleDoug

    Varnishing for Beginners

    Whatever you end up using, do the whole process on some test panels BEFORE you put anything on a violin!