Knife Handle Fail and Other Updates
Other parts of life have been taking up my time so I haven't been able to make much progress with my violinmaking. That's not to say I haven't done anything. I completed my sharpening/honing system and I've been practicing sharpening my chisels and plane blades. I haven't gotten around to try sharpening a gouge yet though. I might add a hand-cranked grinding stone to the kit later on a-la-Michel Darnton, but this set up seems to be working fine for now.
I've also made steady progress in building my toolkit. I've got most of what I set out to collect in what I would term my "basic kit":
Homemade - bought on Facebook
Thumb Plane 13mm round
Thumb Plane 8mm flat
Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane
Veritas Apron Plane w/additional serrated blade
Craftsman Coping Saw
Harbor Freight Japanese Style Saw
IRWIN Marples 7.25-in Dovetail Cut Pull Saw
Hirsch Firmer Chisel 1/4"
Hirsch Firmer Chisel 1/2"
Hirsh Firmer Chisel 3/4"
Henry Taylor (HT) #7 3/4" (plate edge)
HT #3 1" (Arch finishing)
HT #5 1/2" (scroll)
HT #7 1/4" (scroll)
HT #7 3/8" (scroll)
HT #7 5/8" (scroll)
Hans Karlsson 25-30 arching gouge
Hans karlsson cornerblock gouge
Ashley Isles #9 1/4" incannel (peg box)
violin knife (double bevel) - 9 mm
violin knife (double bevel) - 12 mm
violin knife (double bevel) - 15 mm
Scrapers and Files
.8mm thick scrapers (ribs)
.4mm thick scrapers (general work)
.25mm thick scrapers (finishing)
8" Nicholson mill file - flat
8" Nicholson mill file - half round
Needle files set
Carbide rod (burnisher)
DMT 8" Diamond Plate (xtra course)
DMT 8" Diamond Plate (Fine)
DMT 8" Diamond Plate (xtra Fine)
Horsebutt leather strop
Veritas honing guide
6 4" Jorgensen bar clamps
30 Spool Clamps (DIY - Screws & wing nut)
40 Lining Clamps (DIY - clothespins)
5 Bass Bar Clamps (DIY - David Burgess design)
12" steel ruler w/ metric marks
36" steel ruler w/ metric mark
6" Harbor Freight Vernier Caliper w/ metric
Compass divider w/ additional pencil insert
Lee Valley Engineer Square 2"
Lee Valley Engineer Square 4"
Veritas Steel Straight Edge 12"
Glue & Varnishing
UV Cabinet (DIY - trash can model)
Repurposed glass jars
Glass Stirring rods
Hot Plate w/ Diffuser
Violin Luthier Specific Tools
Peg Hole Reamer
Hand Power Drill
I think I have all the wood I need to start on the first instrument, except for purfling material and the ebony pieces, including several pieces of scraps to screw up on before touching the main wood.
I've already tried my hand at a small woodworking project making a handle for my knife. It was a disaster. I couldn't get the two halves to sit flush with each other. I need lots more practice flattening and squaring pieces with my plane, it seems. I'll give it another go some other time.
For now, I'll be cutting into scraps of wood and sharpening my tools for a good while before I start with the blocks and rib garland. Stay tuned.