Nick Allen

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Decided to start my own bench thread. Here, you'll be able to see all of the splendour and wond(our?) that is my "shop" and "work". 

I'll post some pictures later today hopefully. 

Sit tight. 

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Thanks!

It's a loose approximation of a Del Gesú for the corpus, and a Strad inspired scroll. I had a casting of a Strad scroll on hand at the time to reference. I didn't go by exact numbers from the casting, only the large measurements. 

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Hi Nick,  I know your not finished, but here's an old thread that I started a while ago (and you posted on) about the throat.  The thread helped me a lot.  You may not need the help there, but just in case here it is.  Coincidentally, that thread was right before Christmas as well.

  Merry Christmas,

Jim

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So I'm embarking on the perilous journey that is first time varnish. I'm using somma Joe's stuff. Real nice. 

I think I may have utterly wasted some really nice varnish. It's not turning out the way I had imagined lol. Could be worse I suppose. Here is the first layer of varnish with a little bit 'o color mixed in:

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Gave her a rub down to knock de nits and bubbles off. 

I think I'm gonna try a glaze coat or two next. But I'm not quite sure on how to approach it...

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All looking good Nick! I use Joe's varnish to and I'm a brush guy learning to be a hand applicator. I had good luck with applying colored varnish with hand and using the cosmetic sponge wedges. 

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8 hours ago, Stavanger said:

Nice work, Nick! Love the scroll! 

Is this your second violin overall?

Thanks! I worked really hard on that scroll. 

The one being varnished is my first. The one that got the neck is my second. The first is a commission of sorts. The second will probably be my personal instrument for a lil while.

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9 hours ago, Mike Spencer said:

All looking good Nick! I use Joe's varnish to and I'm a brush guy learning to be a hand applicator. I had good luck with applying colored varnish with hand and using the cosmetic sponge wedges. 

The ground is a little complicated. It took me a little to grasp it, with all of the steps involved and little jars of slightly different colored goo. 

It does really enhance the wood by an order of magnitude once it's put on. 

Here is the first glaze coat. I used the Alizarin pigments along with some regular varnish mixed in:

 

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I used my hand almost entirely. I mixed the colours, then evenly glooped it all on with a very stiff bristle brush. Then I donned a loose-ish fitting nitrile gloves and slapped the colour around until it was satisfactorily distributed. 

It made a fun slappy sound the whole time. I think the key to me getting a sort of even coat was the loose fitting glove. It picked up varnish and fairly laid it down evenly along the body. 

I had to be careful as to not leave any fold lines from the glove as I went along. 

The ribs went well, untill the lower bout. The varnish was really starting to tack by then, and was lifting itself off of the surface as I went along. I almost tossed the thing out the window at about this point.

But I persevered and got through it. For right in the edge crease at the ribs, I dry brushed the ever living Christ out of it. 

All in all I'm happy so far. It's a fair bit darker in real life. The pictures don't quite tell the whole story as we all know. 

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Acquired some Lombardi Poplar today. At least I'm under the impression that it is. I have to say I'm not super impressed with it. But it was on clearance where I get my wood, so I couldn't pass it up. 

Both will become violas. Or comedically small cellos. Which would just be violas then I guess. 

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8 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

.. Lombardi Poplar ...

Both will become violas. Or comedically small cellos. Which would just be violas then I guess. 

LOL. Looks promising!

I hope you post pictures of your progress!

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9 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

Acquired some Lombardi Poplar today. At least I'm under the impression that it is. I have to say I'm not super impressed with it. But it was on clearance where I get my wood, so I couldn't pass it up. 

Both will become violas. Or comedically small cellos. Which would just be violas then I guess. 

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They look nice.  What don't you like about it?

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1 hour ago, Jim Bress said:

They look nice.  What don't you like about it?

I suppose I just had my hopes up. One of the slabs is half quartered half flat sawn. Plus, the ribs that were supplied are all cut on the diagonal. 

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17 minutes ago, Nick Allen said:

I suppose I just had my hopes up. One of the slabs is half quartered half flat sawn. Plus, the ribs that were supplied are all cut on the diagonal. 

My stuff is slab cut.  Just an FYI in case you haven't come across the information, from another thread somewhere in the past, Nathan Slobodkin said he always puts the heart side out.  The logic being you don't want the sound post aligned radially through the wood where the wood most easily splits.  When the time comes I may have to sacrifice one of my billets to get quarter sawn ribs.  I'll worry about it when the time comes, which will be years from now.  Sound wise, poplar and willow are suppose took be great for violas and big violas (cellos).

Cheers,

Jim

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