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Two Piece Rib on Lower Bout

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I am starting a couple small violas, and the material I have for the ribs isn't long enough for a one piece lower bout. I have never done a 2 piece bout on a violin before. Is it a bad idea for any reason? Is some kind of small contrasting inlay between the pieces good, or clean butt joint the best?

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There are probably more violins with two part bottom rib than one piece. Whether or not to put in a purfling at the joint depends on whether you like how that looks. Certainly no need to do so. If you do use an inlay make sure it is absolutely centered in relation to the center of the top or it will look very odd.

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Go for a good clean joint. If it doesn't turn out then you could add an inlay. Once the joint is fitting tightly I use masking tape to pull it together. Two strips long enough to span your clamp block and don't overlap the long edges of the tape. Apply the tape to one of the pieces and then put some tension on the tape when you pull the tape and apply to the other rib. I use a lower tack blue painters tape. After the rib is glued to the block and cured be careful removing the tape so it does not tear/lift the grain of the wood on the rib surface. I assume you can prepare the joint it self so I won't add info about that. 

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