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Building a Violin - The Back

This page shows the steps in making the back.


What I don't show is joining the back plate.  You can get an idea of that looking at my guitar page for the back.

Before the back shaping begin, one traces the outline of the ribs onto the back, so it will match the ribs.

Then you cut the "ledge" around the outside of the outer surface of the back.  This is slightly thicker than the final roll edge.



First arch cuts -- gouged to match arch forms First half arched with the gouge Back, arched with the gouge

Back, arched and smoothed with the toothed plane Final arching (scraper) Next you drill the inside of the back to define the rough thickness for gouging

Inside the the back, hollowed with gouge, plane, and scraper Then the purfling channel is cut and the purfling inlaid The back is ready



Violin MakingViolin BackViolin RibsViolin Belly (top)Violin NeckViolin AssemblyViolin Final Steps

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