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  1. It looks very clean and precise. Like you, I tend to make my throats very tight. Can see the advantage in opening up a bit.
  2. Nails seem very crude. Why the heck did they use nails and not glue, like we do?
  3. If you're worried about that, change it to fit snugly. You have plenty of material. On the other hand I don't think it's a problem. It's not necessary to glue both faces.
  4. I mention Titebond for general woodworking knowledge. It shouldn't be used for a neck mortice.
  5. Sizing is also done with other glues where end grain is involved. The recommendations above to let the sizing dry before applying more glue probably works with hide glue, but I don't feel it's necessary to let it dry. I just let it soak in for a short time then apply more glue and clamp. And if you're using tite-bond (in cabinetry, for instance) you must be sure not to let it dry. Just let it soak in then apply more glue. Some types of glue don't bond well to themselves.
  6. You might have chosen very flamed or otherwise particular wood for the sides. Some wood is plain harder to bend.
  7. Welcome back to good health!
  8. I've only done about a dozen, and on my own fiddles. It takes time to make the compound curves match perfectly. Never less that 3 or 4 hours for the whole thing from start to finish. It's tedious and I usually alternate the work with another task.
  9. bkwood

    Violin/Viola

    My reason for bringing it up is I have found the preference to be what Michael said (with a much smaller sampling) and my preference is also for a violin with a low string instead of a viola with a high string. But it seems hard to get a full sounding C with a small body and scale length, and my first try wasn't very good. I have played a couple of electrified 5-strings that were okay but that doesn't really count since I want a good balance in a real fiddle.
  10. bkwood

    Violin/Viola

    Interesting, thanks!
  11. This being California (and especially here in Mendocino County), Isopropyl Alcohol 99% recently appeared on hardware shelves in gallon jugs for cleaning pot trimming scissors under the brand name The Green Scissor. I think it was about $25. So, you might look in Gardening.
  12. bkwood

    Violin/Viola

    I have built several violins in recent years. I have also made a small viola and a 5-string violin. The viola is a great success, but the 5-string violin much less so. The five string C string never really balanced with the other strings, and the wider fingerboard seemed clunky. I'm now considering trying what I guess would be considered a 5-string Viola, with E string on top, probably built from the same mold as my earlier 15 1/2" viola. In this case I would widen the neck only a little, if at all. The idea would still be to have primarily the sound charicteristics of a violin with the added low range to the extent that is possible. I might consider reducing the size to something between a standard violin and small fiddle too. A friend directed me to a luthier https://ithacastring.com/6-string-violin-fadolin/ who makes 6 string violins. That's more than I want to try. But I'm looking for opinions on the concept and execution of these kinds of fiddles. Or is it a bad idea in the first place?
  13. You got me. Seems right but I never tried kiln dried. What can you say about the difference between the two? Is there any?
  14. I'm an amateur maker. I have a good source of Sitka Spruce, from one tree, that I've made 13 violins and one F Style mandolin from. Obviously I can't compare it to other wood but I find it carves well and has good tonal qualities. I also use Big Leaf Maple for sides and back.
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