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Good advise Evan. I tend to take the approach of feathering the C bout rib nice and neat, then cut the upper/lower bout rib just to the feathered edge of the C. I have used the scraping method to correct an out-of-square miter before, works great. 

How do my corner blocks always end up so scooped? It seems like it's just an amateur thing to do, which is to make things a little over exaggerated/embellished when trying to do the "monkey see monkey do" way of learning. Your block looks nice and neat and classy.

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Ha. Not blind. Just looking at crappy low res pictures. 

You may be right about the block grain direction. In a few decades it may wreak havoc and cause splitting/separation. Although Del Gesú never seemed to pay it any mind. 

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No criticism at all, just trying to learn, why are the upper and lower ribs overlapping the center bout instead of coming to a point.  I have not made a violin so would like to know if that is possible?

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They are supposed to overlap like that. If they came to a point then it would produce a very weak and not very attractive joint at the point that would separate almost immediately. 

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1 minute ago, lpr5184 said:

Very nice work Nick! ...just one thing I noticed are the upper blocks seem narrow. I would make the upper block openings on the form a little wider. And you have made how many fiddles?

Thank you. That's high praise. 

I noticed that the upper block is a little narrow just about an hour ago myself. I think it's 58 mm. The form is made after Addie's Strad CV form tracing. But I suppose something in the ballpark of 62 mm would be more appropriate. 

I've made 2 violins so far. Just waiting to varnish the second one. 

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4 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

Hmm. The peg placement looks off. I suppose I should compensate for the floor thickness?

You might find this helpful.  The drawing is by Matt Noykos.

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17 hours ago, Jim Bress said:

You might find this helpful.  The drawing is by Matt Noykos.

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It would seem that this method would put the holes far too low on my pegbox templates. 

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