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Finishing the surfaces

On all surfaces the last tool that touches them should be the scraper. It gives the wood a unique texture, expecially the spruce gets the corduroy which is often associated with good instruments. The scraper also gives you great control over the outline and the subtle features of the corners and the scroll.

Of course, if you can, study the photographs of the violin you are building.
  1. Go over the arching again and make sure there are no irregularities.
  2. Go over the fluting and make sure the area where the fluting connects to the rounded edge is well defined and sharp. You can soften the sharp ridge later on if you like, but now it should be sharp and flow perfectly.
  3. The ridge continues to the corners. See Fig. 1 for how the ridge runs through the corner from the top down view and finish accordingly.
  4. Make sure the sides of the corners are not as round as the rest of the overhang. If needed make them a little sculpted and edgy.
  5. Go over the ribs removing any residues of hide glue and generally cleaning up the surface.
  6. Go over the scroll and its chamfer and correct with scraper if necessary.
  7. Go over the f-holes and correct any irregularities. You can use your knife or a small needle file for that.

Category: Assembly