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  Topic: soft varnish
Michael Darnton

Replies: 6
Views: 494

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:10 pm   Subject: soft varnish
If all else fails, you might spray orange shellac on top. This won't harden it, but it will float with it, and keep the surface from being sticky. That would be a last-resort kind of thing!
  Topic: Glycerin for purling
Michael Darnton

Replies: 9
Views: 685

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:09 pm   Subject: Glycerin for purling
Geeze--where do you live? This is like the least-dangerous thing in the store! In every drug store I've ever been in, it's in the same department as the rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, and hydrogen pero ...
  Topic: Minimally needed thumb plane to get started
Michael Darnton

Replies: 6
Views: 357

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:06 pm   Subject: Minimally needed thumb plane to get started
In 1968 when I first bought some wood and tools, I bought a 3/4" #7 gouge, a 13mm round-bottom plane, and a coping saw, thinking this would be the minimum I'd need. Thought I didn't make that vio ...
  Topic: through neck
Michael Darnton

Replies: 9
Views: 462

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:01 pm   Subject: through neck
Anything can be accomplished if you have the time and skills. Normally this would not be economical, but if someone wants the practice. . . . why not?
  Topic: Top Back plate graduation from outside after closing the box
Michael Darnton

Replies: 18
Views: 1172

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:02 pm   Subject: Top Back plate graduation from outside after closing the box
I suppose that the first problem here is that anything you do to upset a violin will make it sound good for a few hours,, and then, for those few hours, you are a genius. Write a book, charge a lot. T ...
  Topic: Top Back plate graduation from outside after closing the box
Michael Darnton

Replies: 18
Views: 1172

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:19 am   Subject: Top Back plate graduation from outside after closing the box
Link please. Does he give refunds if you feel that in a couple of days the violin has reverted to what it was before?


One american guy pokes a steel piece from soundhole and carves inside and I l ...
  Topic: Violin Silicone Mold For Carving
Michael Darnton

Replies: 6
Views: 504

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:31 am   Subject: Violin Silicone Mold For Carving
I have never seen such a thing, but if you wanted to depend on it to support the plate, I think you would need to make a new one for every plate, to match perfectly.

When I want support from undern ...
  Topic: through neck
Michael Darnton

Replies: 9
Views: 462

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:29 am   Subject: through neck
The through neck is not a characteristic of Cremonese method, but the Brescians, da Salo for instance, used it, and it was the method for attaching a neck previous to that, far, far back. It was commo ...
  Topic: bassbar fitting
Michael Darnton

Replies: 2
Views: 431

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:38 am   Subject: bassbar fitting
The usual cause for seeing the bar on the outside is from washing off the glue squeeze-out off with a lot of water. That washes glue into the wood, which swells and then freezes in that position becau ...
  Topic: cutting the purfling channel
Michael Darnton

Replies: 45
Views: 4408

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:23 pm   Subject: cutting the purfling channel
You are right and I just corrected it! Thanks!
  Topic: Maple plate joint glue
Michael Darnton

Replies: 7
Views: 822

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:42 pm   Subject: Maple plate joint glue
I never have.
  Topic: cutting the purfling channel
Michael Darnton

Replies: 45
Views: 4408

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:57 pm   Subject: cutting the purfling channel
One thing I just thought of that people may not know is that you need to drag the router around the perimeter of the plate counterclockwise. If you do that, the turning of the bit pulls the guide agai ...
  Topic: Maple plate joint glue
Michael Darnton

Replies: 7
Views: 822

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:31 am   Subject: Maple plate joint glue
The theory is that glue is stronger than wood, however I've never seen a maple joint that wouldn't break on the glue joint. Because of that contradiction with "lore" I share your curiosity a ...
  Topic: saxon
Michael Darnton

Replies: 11
Views: 964

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:13 am   Subject: saxon
I have always joked that the center of the violin world has been constantly moving west for hundreds of years--from Italy, to France, to England, across to the US, then over to Japan, Korea, and China ...
  Topic: saxon
Michael Darnton

Replies: 11
Views: 964

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:15 am   Subject: saxon
We like to disparage the old factory instruments because they're often crude inside where you can't see--graduation with a gouge, carved out bass bars, blocks lacking--but the people who made them wer ...
 
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