Sadly there will be be no guitar content in this thread - sorry about that! I posted a miscellaneous photo of an electric violin build in my Bowie thread and a few people asked about it, so I said I'd do a build thread next time I started one. My previous violins have been thrown together in a fairly ad hoc manner as I played around with ideas but I'm pretty happy with how the current design in looking and I'm planning on making some violins to sell this year, so I need to think about a better set up for making a few at a time as well as tweaking a few things from the previous prototype. Here's the prototype: It's made much the same way as my guitars with Danelectro style mdf and pine construction.As a consequence it's quite heavy - no worse than a few commercial violins such as the NS Designs Wav and an improvement on a routed out wood version I tried a few years ago, but I'd like to get it down a bit. I'm also tweaking the bridge and tailpiece design. I personally prefer playing five string violins, which cover the range of both violin and viola. However, since I'm not making these for myself, I'm going to do a four string as well and, because I'm a mad bastard, I'm doing a six string with a low F to get right down into cello range - if it doesn't work it'll be a cool wall hanger. First up I'm going to copy the prototype dimensions onto a template, then I'll make duplicates for the other two: I already had a template for the inside of the peg box, but it's been crudely shortened and I want to be able to rout the inside and outside from the same template. With the insides cut into fresh MDF I'm remarking the centreline before doing the outside: Here we go: thin, fat, and 'Oh my god, you're kidding, right?': The obvious way to cut these would be a table router but I don't have one and I'm pretty much at capacity for how many tools I can fit into my tiny shop. So, I've been thinking about how to use a hand router to cut them in a safe manner. This box is the exact depth of the neck blank with the template on top so I should be able to run the router around the edges as if doing a pickup rout - as an added plus, the shavings will collect in the box so I can empty them into the bin, which is a big improvement on my current system of sweeping up whenever I can no longer see the workshop floor. We'll see how well it works in a few days!