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  1. A power jointer with spiral heads cutters is the perfect and the most stress free method. Straight blades are not the best because of chatter ,spiral blades are a must.
  2. I have the del gesu alard 1742 poster which shows the inside top dimension of the peg box at 14.2 mm. is this correct? This seems quite wide.. Awaiting your response. Thanks Henry
  3. I am looking at the Del gesu alard 1742 poster. The top opening of the peg box is 14.2 mm. Is this measurement correct ?. This seems unusally wide. Thanks Henry
  4. Thanks David, Your video is very informative and helpful. Henry
  5. I would like info on strad plate edge profile / cross section.. Also what methods are used to acquire that smooth edge especially on the spruce. Thanks in advance Henry
  6. I have been reading about roasting guitar wood in a convection oven to darken the wood. Would this process work for spruce violin tops? Also what about putting tonewood in the microwave? What effect might this have on tone and structural integrity ? Thanks, Henry
  7. congratulations Edd !! thats impressive.
  8. I saw this work sharp 3000 by Lee valley. I thought this would be a good grinder to sharpen gouges. Especially with the DMT magna discs. Is anyone currently using one or has used in the past. I would like to hear some reviews. Thanks Henry
  9. Thanks for all your responses.I think as per Davids advice I'll Go higher arching and perhaps thinner, not sure about no BB.I'll see how it works out with the modes as I proceed. It is very close grained with the wider grain to the center. When tapping it has a very clear bell ring to it. We'll See how it works out.
  10. I have a piece of very dense spruce [ SG 50 ]. I want to use it and would like to know where I should be heading with it. High arching,low arching,thin or thick,etc? Your expert opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Henry
  11. Another perspective .Only made with hand made CNC routers should qualify as hand made violin.
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    F-hole ?

    Thanks so much Micheal, That has been very helpful.
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    F-hole ?

    My question is regarding the lower hole of the f when viewed from the side Should it run parallel with the edge in the north and south direction.
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    F-hole ?

    As a novice I never really paid much attention to it. I assumed there would be a correct way to position them in light of all the other important nuances in violin making. It's good to know there is some freedom here.
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    F-hole ?

    How should the lower f hole on a strad be situated in relation to the edge? Should it sit parallel with the edge or should it follow the arch? Thanks in advance Henry
  16. I just purchased an engleman spruce top with a sg of 34.5, cut in 1979. I am under the impression that working toward a low plate weight and a high mode 5 ring tone will make a great sounding fiddle.I am aware that there are many factors as well that contribute to a great sounding instrument. Am I on the right track regarding my assumption about weight and ring tone? thanks Henry
  17. I just got the medicei strad templates from IV and i now need the poster as well. Is it available? I been looking all over the web but cant find it.
  18. I am interested in understanding the tonal effects of various weights, heights ,shape and position of the base bar. Thank you in advance for your responses. Henry
  19. I use a jointer with spiral cutting blades. It does an excellent job even on hard curly maple. The down side is they are very expensive. I am fortunate to have access to my sons jointer at his cabinet shop.
  20. Looks like you have lots of creative and artistic talent. It is certainly apparent you have the inherent skills to excel in violin making. However you may find it somewhat frustrating because of the constraints required in violin making. The parameters are quite restricted and the self expression is very limited. Being able to emulate the classic masters seems to be the aspiration of most contemporary makers. I'm not suggesting you have to confine yourself to that but to become recognized in today's violin making community one must acquiesce to the status quo. The best to you; Henry
  21. International violin has it's lowest grade at 19.00. You can't get it much better than that.
  22. What are some methods used to finish sound hole edges.Or what is considered proper in contemporary violin making.I prefer the dry, dark charcoal look. Is this an acceptable finish and if so, how is this accomplished? Thanks in advance for your responses, Henry