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  1. lpr5184

    Don Noon's bench

    Congrats on the awards Don. Is this maple back bigleaf? What species of spruce?
  2. https://www.naturalpigments.com/cobalt-system-drier-2-fl-oz.html This has worked well for me in the past.
  3. Alchemist (Donald Fels Jr,) also sells high quality artist oils. He is a painter and a violin maker. So you can bet the oil he uses to make his Amber varnish is high quality and has been prepared carefully. I think Mr. Fels and Tad Spurgeon have much in common.
  4. Me too...which is why I'm attempting to make a Vernice Liquida like the Magister sandarac based varnish. Some of my best grounds were made using it. There is a recipe for making it in Mr Fels book. Mr Fels also told me that he showed Koen Padding how he made his Amber varnish so apparently they knew each other. Incorporating sandarac into oil is no easy task. I tried and failed in the past but the the Fels book explains the procedure well and lists a missing ingredient that I did not use in my other attempts. Koen Padding was successful so perhaps he and Mr Fels shared the same knowledge. Either way it is worth another attempt. Just waiting for ingredients and some free time.
  5. More recently I have used Nunzio's Amber and Copal varnishes. They are leaner than Alchemist Amber and need no thinning or siccative. They brush and level beautifully. I have also used Joe Robson's Amber varnish in the past and liked it as well. When I asked Joe about using the T&T varnish for violins he said it was not a violin varnish. I have not tried James Grove's Amber varnish yet or any of the Holtier varnish. I also make my own varnishes but not Amber or Copal. Those varnishes I would rather purchase from commercial varnish makers.
  6. I have used Alchemist Amber varnish in the past. I asked Mr. Fels what the oil/resin ratio was and was told by him that it was 3:1 oil/resin. Unless he has changed the recipe it is a fat and vicious, solvent free varnish. Lot's of open time but slow to dry which is why he recommends using a siccative. It reminded me a lot of Magister's Verice Liquida. A nice useful varnish and can be extended quite a bit by thinning.
  7. lpr5184

    Maestronet is a Wonderful Resource

    There have been some great varnish threads in the past as David mentioned. Why not revive some of those now in this thread before they are hard to dig up... Great topic.
  8. lpr5184

    re sawing ribs

    I cut ribstock to 3mm and then use a toothed blade and plane them down.
  9. lpr5184

    Another 5 string Sultana

    The first Sultana specs leaned more towards a viola and this one I want to be more violinish. So the lower arching/neck projection and shorter overall length will allow the use of a violin bridge and tailpiece and a lighter neck and fingerboard. One of the things I like about building 5 strings is the ability to design the fiddle in either direction.
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    Catnip's (John K) Bench

    Is this mahogany fiddle going to be a 4 or 5 string? Please continue posting photos and especially a sound sample when completed. I'm very interested in your project and making a 5 string from my mahogany stash.
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    Another 5 string Sultana

    Progressing along...back is done and on this one I'm using a one piece top. I'm taking note of the arching changes that I've made compared to the first to see what influence that may have. I'm lowering both front and back arches 2mm and moving the recurve inward. I've also shortened the length 5mm. Bout widths are unchanged.
  12. lpr5184

    Book Sale...Violin Varnish, J. Michelman

    Hi Andreas Sorry, the book is no longer available.
  13. lpr5184

    cutting ribs from back

    Yes, you can cut 1/4 sawn ribs from slab cut wood. But it depends entirely on the individual piece of wood. That is why it is best to buy wood in person or have the dealer provide endgrain photos of the actual piece you are buying. When I select slab cut wood...I first look for thick billets and then the end grain ....since this will determine what I can get out of a billet. Again it all depends on the piece of wood you are buying...(for example guitar billets vs violin wedges)...guitar billets that are too narrow for guitar makers often can be resawn into complete violin sets. Can you show a photo of your wood's end grain?
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    Cooking Colophony Down For Color, Low and Slow?

    Not bad at all... although your wood looks pretty dark to begin with. Can you elaborate on what you used to darken and perhaps show a photo of the bare wood?
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    Oil Varnish

    Yup....lots of legal bud huts here.