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    Frank Nichols Drawings of Scroll & Neck

    Last June you PM'd me about Frank Nichols scroll drawing and stated you "kept his best printing of a scroll and neck". I have since bought from "The Strad" a poster of Stradivari's "Messiah". Looking at Nichols's drawing and comparing it to "The Strad" poster I see numerous differences between the two. I am looking to making my FIRST violin BUT want to try and do it right but which one do I follow for measurements? I have written Frank about the differences but have not gotten a response. The only great problem is that "The Strad" does not have a complete drawing of the scroll and neck while Frank's does have this. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated!
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    Gouge Angles

    I know I have read this information which I seek but have been unable to find it after a search for the answer. At what angle are gouges sharpened to, what angle would this be and is it different for different sizes/widths?
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    Height of Corner Blocks

    I have just been viewing a post showing the mold with corner blocks installed. On the mold, the height of each block is noted on the mold. I have read several places about tapering of the plates from bottom to top which is what was illustrated. My questions do you center the blocks on the mold to make the taper on the front and back of the violin or is the front just tapered, meaning the blocks are flat with the back? Are all violins tapered, whether just front or front and back? I have plans for the Messiah which I'm hoping to make.
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    Power Sharpeners

    Well with that said I guess I should maybe look for a used Tormek. A new one is sure pricey then there are the attachments. Thanks for all the responses and opinions.
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    Power Sharpeners

    So what do you think about the Tormeks sharpening abilities for gouges? Was it worth the money? With the jigs, you received can you sharpen the gouges? Anything else I should know about it would be nice.
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    Power Sharpeners

    It appears to me if you read the description of each the Tormek at twice the price still doesn't include jigs. That is at least the way I read it.
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    Power Sharpeners

    What is the opinion of the Rikon Power Tools 82-100 Wet Sharpener Kit44; 8 in. Has anyone used this tool to sharpen gouges and with what results? Would like to hear both pros & cons.
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    Some time ago I received a list of gouges and their different uses. As you can see from the list that they are different brands. The question is: are all the gouges the same sweep, width, and radius of curvature if each is No. 6 or are all brands different. If not how do I convert his list to Pfeil gouges? His list is below: Brand names : Wolf, Dastra, Henry Taylor, Stubai N° : the sweep number engraved on the gouge, an indicator of the curve but applies only to gouges of the same brand Width : the width at the cutting edge, measured with a caliper Radius of curvature : draw a circle of given radius and mark the indicated width, to obtain the real curve of the gouge ; superimpose your gouge to the circle to see the correspondence of the curves. Use : main use of the gouge Scroll Wolf n°4 - width : 22 mm - radius of curvature : 60 mm use: pegbox and carving (scooping) of the volute Dastra n°6 - 18mm - r 17.5 mm carving of the volute and first turn vertical walls Henry Taylor n°6 - 17.5 mm - r 13 mm first turn vertical walls and carving the sta
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    Plane for plate joining

    So it doesn't appear anyone uses power tools as in a joiner. Is this because Strad didn't do it that way or is it because you all have more experience than I and really know better using hand tools. I was thinking to run both pieces of the front across my joiner to flatten out the back then run it across the joiner with that finished surface to the fence to join where the two pieces are glued. Comments PLEASE!
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    Poster sale at The Strad

    Roger Hills post wrote: If this is the poster (Messie) you started a thread about a while back, then I think your expectations were a bit unrealistic. I know my expectations were not unrealistic at all. When someone like myself (Amateur Maker) buys a product that does not have the information I expect i.e. lack of Neck drawing AND a not completed Top Long Arch how can I complete a Violin? For what is paid for these Posters I would have at least expected an answer to my many emails that I sent them concerning this. So do you still think I am unrealistic?
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    Poster sale at The Strad

    In April I received a poster from STRAD which I was absolutely disappointed in. I wrote to them sometimes twice a week. As duane88 says "have been on the downward slide for a while". That was my first and last purchase from them as I feel they just don't care!
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    Frank Nichols Drawings of Scroll & Neck

    Has anyone heard from Frank Nichols recently? Does he post here anymore? I was looking for the drawing of Scroll & Neck by Frank Nichols on my saved documents. I have thought this was the best drawing for someone as it seems to have all the dimensions. Unfortunately, I found several drawings of Franks but cannot tell which is the latest as none of the ones I have do not have dates on them. Can anyone give any help? Thanks
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    Strad Poster

    Thanks to everyone that responded to this post of mine. One of my problems on this site is I can't seem to find the info people have told me is here. I have used the search which doesn't seem to work for me. Example: Jackson suggested I might move onto the "Titian and the Huberman" but her I have been unable to find info. Is this made by Stradivari or someone else? Jim sent some info with a picture of a mold but how do I get that off his post? Muswell I just checked today and the May edition of Strad is out but did not see anthing indicating there is a poster in it. Terry I did receive your message but from what I can see there is not enough FOR ME to make the Scroll/Neck, but thank you for the effort. DoorMouse I have seen that drawing but cannot print it with all the dimensions, rather a picture of the the scroll comes on. I will check with the maker of the drawing to see what can be done. Lastly, I have heard that Addie has several drawing on this site but have been unable to find any of those. By the way I recently bought some wood from Old World Tonewood in Lewisburg, W.V. Quite a place to see and how the wood is split and cut. It was a pleasure to meet John Preston. Sorry for the long post and winning but sure it was easier to find the info I feel I need to start on my first violin. Thanks to all again for your responses!
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    Strad Poster

    I recently ordered and received a Antonio Stradivari 1716 "Messiah" poster from The Strad. As a newbie to building a violin I was terribly disappointed with this product. I had anticipated I would get all the dimensions for this Violin on the back of the poster. What I see as missing are an drawing of the mold with upper and lower blocks along with the four corner blocks. I had also thought it would include a drawing of the neck. Lastly, the contour for the Top Long Arch which is on the print but incomplete. I have written The Strad but was told I sent it to the wrong place to get this rectified, but also was given another email address I should write my concerns to, so I have with no response as of today. I guess my question is is this the normal way of doing a poster and once again where can I get a full print to work from?
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