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Dave Chandler
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:06 pm    Post subject: Dave Chandler's Workbench Reply with quote

I'm in process of varnishing my latest Strad 1716, took this photo today for a discussion on how people finish their peg boxes, thought I'd share here. 3 thin coats of golden yellow, and so far one coat of Italian Brown. Using balsam varnishes, love the smell, and cures fast. Whatever I put on the outside of the pegbox, I also like to do the inside.

By the way, this is a fiddle on which I put the burnt brown sugar stain. I did not leave anything on the surface of the wood, though, wiped it down several times with wet cloth until I got no more sticky left on the wood. Being hydroscopic, all the excess sugar has to be removed. Let dry, light scraping also brings excess out of the end grains. Then a coat of sealer.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good , I like the color
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:45 pm    Post subject: Like it Reply with quote

Dave Were you able to get the rest of the violin as nice
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it going to have the craquelure like the photo in the other thread?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went one more shade darker, and that's all this morning. Maybe should have left well enough alone, but there it is. Will put on a clear coat, then take some of the shine off with tripoli in a few days. No sun this morning, so it'll have to go in the light box now. I really love how this balsam varnish levels out beautifully, but you have to work quick.... I'll post some closeups when all finished. Don, Not planning to antique, or add any craquelure as this is a different varnish from my other posting.

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Yes, there are nice little brook trout in that creek behind my house. Some rainbow too.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The violin looks nice Dave! I hope it pleases you. Where is the maple from, l'm going to guess that it is European.
And you said it is balsam varnish, would that be something that you made?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romanian maple, Simeon Chambers Spruce. I got the balsam varnish through Howard Core. I wish I had used Robson's balsam ground system, but I ran out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice instrument.

Dave, in contribution to your original post, I varnish the inside of the box and then the day I set it up, I paint the inside of the box with India ink, let it dry 30 minutes, and then rub it out with a dry rag. The ink stays in the corners and bottom of the box, but also in the nicks, scratches, chips and so forth of the box sides. It looks like the box to an old instrument this way. At least, that is the way I am doing them at the moment.

Rasp lines and such are embraced this way instead of concealed. But I like the look for now.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound sample this latest violin. I thought I had posted this earlier, but don't see it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGEZaoWR2v0
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another completed!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More photos.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work, Mr. Chandler!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, nice work! Thanks for the pics! Is it working okay?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy with it. Wish I had a decent bow though.

Sound sample

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmBZXWpRM54
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what happens when you pick up a nice bow!
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