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carving a Maple violin back using mechanical means

May 18, 2017 - 3:28:42 PM
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Joined Jul 5, 2007

Where out there in Violin land is a facilty that I can get a back carved that uses that duplicator device, that I can send away to and have it done, I have arthritis in my hands and it is difficult to carve this back that I have been hacking away at for past three months, and some one that can carve the neck and the scroll, I know there will be a fee but it will save the pain in my hands..........................................DEnnis

May 19, 2017 - 5:11:08 AM

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Joined Jun 24, 2007

Generally easier to buy a blank carved plate from International or somewhere. Core.

Don't know anyone carving to spec.

Have been tempted to get angle grinder attachment myself!

May 19, 2017 - 7:44:17 AM

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Joined Jul 5, 2007

I have been looking at woodworkers catalog for a power tool to do the work, the catalog has a power tool that has several grinders that make quick work on difficult woods "EXSPENSIVE" but I guess I could always use it for other projects

May 19, 2017 - 12:32:16 PM

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I use a Kutzall disc to remove the bulk of the wood, and it goes pretty fast but is still controllable.  I clamp the wood to the bench, set the dust collector hose on the bench and get it pretty close, and then start carving.  The disc was about $70 when I bought it and I have used it to carve 15 fiddles, 3 mandolins, a cello and an archtop guitar.  It's getting a little dull now but should still be good for a few more anyway.


May 19, 2017 - 2:29:29 PM
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May 19, 2017 - 7:20:37 PM

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I have a bit that fits in a Dremel tool motor, it takes away wood, plastic, fingers, anything in the way at an astonishing rate. I expect there be other bits of various shapes along the same lines.

May 20, 2017 - 6:16:34 AM
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for myself I have found that it takes time to get used to it , and its easy to make a big mistake quickly, I have decided to just do most by hand , but thats just me. If I were trying to make more than one or two a year it might be different

May 20, 2017 - 3:02:50 PM
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Anything that removes wood fast either generates clouds of dust or can ruin the workpiece (or you) in the blink of an eye. If you can't do it, best to just buy the precarved pieces.

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