Violin Project – Update April 23

I finished my first violin project a couple weeks ago but figured Id update with final pictures. I will work on an acoustic version next. I clip on a piezo pickup and can pipe it through Garage Band on the iPad or iPod which is neat. I dont have a functional amplifier at the moment so these are great alternatives right now, plus my son can practice privately.

Violin Project – Update Feb 11

Staining the wood and mocking it up a bit. I still have a couple more things to do and I bought some Minwax polyurethane spray to put a few coats on with light sanding in between. All in all this project is coming along and will hopefully be done in a few weeks.

Violin Project – Update Feb 10

So I’ve been working on this off and on in between home DIY projects, here’s the latest photos, shaping, sanding and boring holes to lighten the weight. Thos will be covered with an 1/8 inch veneer on the final end result.

Violin parts

Amazon is freaking nuts, these violin parts cost me half as much by going directly to the vendor they would have shipped from anyway by ordering on Amazon. Its Amazon’s shipping costs that drove up the price. I got everything from Woodwind & Brasswind who are here in California in Westlake Village for less than $40 versus $74 from Amazon. I still like shopping on Amazon though, that’s just a brief rant.


Violin Project – Moving right along

So my first of two violins is moving right along. This one will be electric while the next one will be acoustic. The overall measurement is the same length as a 4/4 violin and as wide at the bottom. I spent a few hours armed with a tape measure, a pencil and a hand saw to start making the body. Here are pics from the first phase of this.

Violin Project – Neck carving experiment

Well so I’m off to a start here, I’ve done some research on violin sizes, makes, models, acoustic, electric, hybrids, DIY’s so I wanted carve out a small violin neck blank for reference and to see where that leads.

This is a blank made out of basswood because its easier to carve and cheaper to make mistakes on but any I make off of it will be a harder wood such as maple.