Woodland

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  1. Maybe "nevermind" was a poor choice of words, as I appreciate people showing me their own versions of the cradle. I felt a little silly asking for input on making such a simple jig, but I also appreciate the input from multiple members to give me some ideas before I make my own.
  2. Never mind, I found the old thread: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/335651-varnishing-jigs/
  3. Over the years I've periodically seen pictures of a simple fixture used by some to hold a violin while varnishing, namely the Robson crowd. Now that I'm looking to build one, I'm having trouble tracking down a picture of one. It looks like a simple stand constructed of 3 pieces, with the neck holder being a V-cut. If someone could a post a picture, sketch or any input regarding the use of it, that would be great.
  4. Anyone here remember Wolfgang Ritter of the Chicago Guitar Gallery on Wabash? According to Wenberg he worked at the Jackson Guldan factory back in the day. He was a German violin maker who transitioned over to the guitar trade and closed up shop and retired back in the 80's.
  5. What does Bosnian actually mean these days? I'm getting the sense that "Bosnian" is getting to be something of a buzz word in the community. People debate if there are even significant amounts of maple remaining there. Is there anything superior to Bosnian quality maple vs. Romanian? I'm wondering if Bosnian is just getting to be the common name for a variety of maple, either acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple) or acer platatnoides (Norway maple) irregardless of where it's harvested. I don't really know for a fact, just things I've been pondering in recent years. Despiau claims they select their bridge wood from Bosnia, and the top quality wood is getting quite scarce. I think what they're seeking relates to the woods hardness as much as anything.
  6. I wish! I live/work in the Chicago suburbs but my wife has family property in the north woods. In fact, my avatar is a snapshot of the property in Manistee, a conifer swamp down the hill from the home site.
  7. A spruce frame saw for book matching. Hard to believe one can actually find quarter-sawn spruce in the sh*t pile of 2 x 2s at Menards if you dig long enough. The blade was only around $10 from Highland Woodworking and the rest of the materials were less than $10. Tomorrow I'm going to see if I can find any nice(er) spruce pieces in the 2 x 6 pile at Home Depot for cello blocks and the main beam of a skeleton cello mold.
  8. I just received a set this fall from a US seller, plus an additional harp-style tailpiece direct from India. They look very nice, but I have yet to work them, they're for my cornerless violin that is in progress. I didn't think it was necessary to purchase the Accurameister set, as I agree they're likely overpriced. Even though AM claims all their stock is kiln-dried, I treat all my fittings like tone wood and season them for a few years before fitting. The tamarind fittings I received had a glossy top coat on them, which might slow the seasoning process. Interestingly enough tamarind is cultivated here in the US in the warmer climates. It's not hard to find the spalted sap wood for sale, apparently the dark heart wood is found in the larger trees.
  9. The second wheel on the crank side is just that, the crank. Originally the handle was just a piece of dowel mounted directly on the disk, necessitating the disc. I later added a crank handle with rotating know directly to the hub. The crank disc also is something the axle affixes too. Between each disc I made large leather washers impregnated with beeswax and mineral oil. The sanding disc cuts square however there is a bit of play in it. If I end up remounting the discs I would clamp them together against the washers more firmly (while the glue was drying on the axle) to remove the play, but that would make it slightly harder to turn. I considered gearing the crank for higher speeds, but I just decided to keep it simple and low speed, this is more about convenience and "precision" rather than speed.
  10. I made this hand-cranked disc sander this fall out of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood. It’s no Alberti design, but it didn’t cost $900 either, more like $20 in materials. Still tweaking it.
  11. I usually do a two-stage hone, one with green honing compound then a final polish with a strop charged with White Diamond. I don't recommend performing rapid "barber strokes", rather slow and decisive strokes to avoid rounding the edge.
  12. Looks like a scraper mounted to a wooden block, for whatever reason...
  13. This is a piece of dried, quarter-sawn American sycamore (platanus occidentals) for a one-piece violin or viola back. The piece measures 3/4" thick by 17 1/2" by 9". The piece is moderately figured and includes two panels which can be milled into rib stock or linings. The panels measure 12" by 4" and are just under 1/4" (6mm) thick. These pieces are being offered for $45 plus shipping. Please PM me if interested.
  14. I think Chgo. likely means Chicago, and this maker could have very well flown under the radar, plenty of undocumented hobbyists making instruments over the years.
  15. Whereas the Chicago makers are the ones who interest me the most, I'm not acquainted with that name. My Wenberg book is at the shop, someone else will likely chime in before I can check it. Looks like decent workmanship, the maple (back and sides anyways) strikes me as American, namely Big Leaf. If you have it set up just changing the strings from Preludes to something better should give it a boost. Just my thoughts..