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A Literal "Carved Top"

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  1. skipjackrc4

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    So first off, this is not a tele, or even a guitar. It's an electric violin. I'm posting it here because I think some people will find it interesting, and hopefully someone will be inspired to do something similar. I plan on doing a guitar version of this someday, but thought I'd start with a smaller instrument.

    I'm living in an apartment for the next several months, away from my power tools. To fight off boredom, I rough cut this thing back home and brought it and my hand tools with me.

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    The body is solid cherry, as is the neck. The idea is to carve the body into a 3D celtic knot. There are lines penciled in, but they hardly show up in the picture.

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    The neck joint that I use for electric violins is a tapered dovetail. This will be glued in right after carving.

    I've done a few celtic knot carves before, but nothing this big. Hopefully I don't screw it up... We'll see.
     
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    Wow! That's exquisite. I'm anxious to see it progress.
     
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    That's fantastic! This is going to be great fun to watch, what a terrific idea.
     
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    Thanks guys! I was going to start cutting down the outer edges, but I need a new coping saw blade. Hopefully Lowe's will have them and I can start tomorrow.
     
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    Mind.............Blowing! :grin:, I can't wait for next post ;)
     
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    Oh yes, really interesting concept!
     
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    That is awesome! Carving it looks like fun. Can't wait to see.
     
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    This is gonna be cool.
     
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    Very unique! Congratulations
     
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    WOW , I'll be watching this ;)
     
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    Fantastic:eek: subscribed.
     
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    Get carving already, will ya? We're dying here!
     
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    Cool - I like that!
     
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    I got the saw blades today. The plan is to use the coping saw to cut down the external edges and clean them up with a chisel. After getting all the 3D heights set, I will go through and start rounding things over and cleaning up chiseling marks.

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    Here I chiseled about half of the length. You can see the block on the end where I stopped with the coping saw. That will be chiseled out as well.

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    This is that side done for now. Everything is pretty smooth (except for the end, which will be rounded over anyway). This cherry is a almost effortless to carve. Which is good, because it gets a lot harder from here.

    You may have noticed the grooves in the side. Those are routed in using a drawer bottom bit and are there to hold a shoulder rest. I'll post a picture of this later, for those who are not familiar with violins. Unfortunately, I have to work around these grooves, so the symmetry will be off a little. Oh well. No real way around that.

    I plan on doing several more sections today, while relaxing my hand in between. I tend to hold chisels too tightly and can get cramps if I'm not careful. Also, I need to adjust the white balance on the Nikon. The cherry is not actually bright yellow :rolleyes:
     
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    What he said :D
     
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