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Hello, I would like to introduce myself and show you the making process of my first violin. It's a long time since I got interested in violin making. I have read some of the Strobel's books and also Juliet Barker's. I have finally decided to use "The Art of Violin Making" as my guide to make my first acoustic instrument. I made an electric some years ago, but this is different.

I would also like to thank you for the knowledge I have acquired reading this forum, it is a great source of information.

Finally, sorry for my Englisn writing. I know I have my limitations.

Here you have the page where I show the progress. I have found it interesting to write it in Spanish, as there is very little information about violin making in Spanish.

Regards,

Carlos

carlosjuan.jimdo.com

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Welcome Carlos,

Your shop looks dangereously clean and tidy and your web is really attractive.

I started with Strobel too, and I just glued the ribs of a new one (narrow waist), besides a PG mold Strad(Viotti).

It is really very nice book, simple but effective.

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Well, I have not drilled these holes yet, but I plan to use my drill press. I think it is important to make them when the block is still squared, so that you can place it comfortably in the drill press board at a right angle.

Thank you all for visiting my web and for your ecouragement. Edi, I bought that square in a local store. I'm not sure what they call it, an engineer square, or matricist square, I think. I found it is the perfect size for violin making. Here you have a photograph, if I manage to post it.

Da700116Medium.jpg

Da700115Medium.jpg

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Originally posted by:
MANFIO
Un'organizzazione

tedesca (German organization) as Italians like to say... Carlos,

you would not be able to work in my workshop.... I envy you...

Ciao!

I envy you too for your beautiful violas.

We’ll see what kind of monster comes out from my (not so)

tidy workshop.

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Hi Carlos,

Welcome to Maestronet! I am looking forward to seeing the progress of your "Kruse" violin I too, am learning how to make violins and I have found that this group is exceptionally friendly and very helpful.

I am in the middle of #2, and #3 but I am also very interested in making a "Kruse" model as #4. I have the Strad poster of the Kruse but I noticed that after I traced the outline of the back it is asymmetrical. The right upper bout is about 2.5 mm wider than the left upper bout. Did you use the right side as your half-template or did you average it out? I also noticed that the arching templates are a bit asymmetrical, especially the "D" arch on the treble side where the sound post has deformed the arch. I hope to make a "Kruse" in the new year so I will be following your progress on your website.

Good Luck and Happy New Year!!

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Ciao Carlos! Grazie! Yo he estudiado un poquito de Español ma hago una mescola terribile con il mio Italiano!!!

I love Albeniz music...

Catnip: the use of the inner form allways leads to some assymetry, so all classic instruments you see will be slightly assymetric; some will be dramattically assymetric. That's why Vuillaume introduced the outer form, to get a symetric (but sometimes cold looking) instruments.

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Originally posted by:
catnip
Hi Carlos, Welcome to

Maestronet! I am looking forward to seeing the progress of your

"Kruse" violin I too, am learning how to make violins and I have

found that this group is exceptionally friendly and very helpful. I

am in the middle of #2, and #3 but I am also very interested in

making a "Kruse" model as #4. I have the Strad poster of the Kruse

but I noticed that after I traced the outline of the back it is

asymmetrical. The right upper bout is about 2.5 mm wider than the

left upper bout. Did you use the right side as your half-template

or did you average it out? I also noticed that the arching

templates are a bit asymmetrical, especially the "D" arch on the

treble side where the sound post has deformed the arch. I hope to

make a "Kruse" in the new year so I will be following your progress

on your website. Good Luck and Happy New Year!!

Hi catnip,

 

I realized that the outline was asymmetrical,

so I used the left side as my half-template. I did not notice the

arching templates. Anyway, when the moment comes, if they are too

misshapen, I will use other. For instance, the Strobel’s

ones. I am not concerned about making an exact copy of the Kruse.

It’s just a model to start with.

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I like your well organised workshop and your
website which shows the violin as it progresses step by step. I am
also on my first violin and now I wish I had taken some pictures of
its progress. Already I have made a few mistakes but nothing so bad
as I have had to start over again. Certainly it seems that the
process of making a violin teaches you many things that can only be
learned from a hands on approach. My progress seems very slow as
I’m making my violin in the school where I teach and I cannot
get at it during the weekends when I have most spare time.
I’m currently working on the back where I have finished the
purfling and completed the final outer arching and now ready to
start on the inside of the back. I’ll keep in touch with your
progress also and wish you every success in your new venture.

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  • 2 months later...

Well, after a few months I am already seing the end of the process.

I am really learning lots of things meanwhile. I could have done it

faster, but I will get married next month and have been really

busy. Today I have glued the back. Tomorrow I will glue the front.

Then I will have to finish the neck (the scroll is already done)

and putting it all together. I have already bought the varnish

(Joha). Here you have the link of part II of the making. Note I

have divided the process in my web, inside "proyectos" you can find

"Construccion de violin (Parte I)" and "Construccon de violin

(Parte II)". "http://carlosjuan.jimdo.com/construcciyn_violyn_parte_ii.php">http://carlosjuan.jimdo.com/construcciyn_violyn_parte_ii.php

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Well, Carlos,

I am pretty impressed. You have done a much better job than I did on my first instrument, and much faster. You got right in there, and did it...no fooling around, or taking unearened sabbaticals.

I'm anxious to see the completed violin. Blessings upon you and your upcoming marriage.

Muchas felicidades!

Chet

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Originally posted by:
yuen
Hi Carlos, Did you use

your press drill in the picture to make the peg holes? I am trying

to figure out a way to drill two pegs holes. It is much more

complicated than I thought. (I have not done anything yet just

thinking)

Even if you get the peg-holes drilled square, when you ream them

they can start to go out of square very fast.

To check how your reaming is going use some dowels that are long,

which have been turned down in your peg reamer.  Stick these

into the holes as you ream to see if you are online all right.

Since they are longer than the pegs, they will amplify any mistake

you are making while you ream.

Try using tipped brad point drill bits to keep the drill bit from

wandering at the start.  Make a starting pin prick hole to

engage the tip of the brad point drill bit as well.

Picture of brad bits:

"http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=42247&cat=1,180,42240">

Brad Point Bits

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Originally posted by:
catnip
I have the Strad

poster of the Kruse but I noticed that after I traced the outline

of the back it is asymmetrical. The right upper bout is about 2.5

mm wider than the left upper bout. Did you use the right side as

your half-template or did you average it out?

Is that the treble bout or the bass bout that is wider?

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Originally posted by:
COB3
Well, Carlos, I am pretty impressed. You have done a much better job than I did on my first instrument, and much faster. You got right in there, and did it...no fooling around, or taking unearened sabbaticals. I'm anxious to see the completed violin. Blessings upon you and your upcoming marriage. Muchas felicidades! Chet

Thank you!!

The truth is that I am filled with enthusiasm with this first violin. I hope I kept it for my second, third, etc. I keep all the day working on my violin or reading books about violin making. I find making extremely interesting and gratifying.

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Carlos, I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance. Don't worry about your English, it's very good. I'll echo the general sentiment here, your work is very impressive - I'm jealous. It's interesting how many of us new and relatively-new luthiers are working on a Kruse. It'd be interesting to dedicate a thread to comparison photos when we get them finished. I think Chet was referring to me in the crack about unearned sabbaticals, since I dropped out of sight last April and didn't get going again until February of this year, but I'm now making an effort to work on it almost every night, and generally most of the day on weekends, so I'm hoping to have something to show in late Spring or early Summer. Your website is amazing, BTW...

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Nope-- I was talking about my propensity for finding something else to do when I should be working. I am pretty much convinced that I can build a violin in under 100 hours, but I have never taken a week or two and JUST worked on a single instrument, to see how long it really takes me. I can always find something else (usually legitimate) that really needs doing. And if not, there is always Maestronet. :-)

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