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Building a Violin - Finishing


This page shows the steps for the varnishing and final fittings.







Reaming the end pin hole.  The end pin hole is used to insert a tapered dowel as a handle for varnishing. The fingerboard is removed The sealer coat is applied.  (Note the stick in the end pin hole:  very helpful)  I used my own mix of reddish shellac for the sealer.  I use the same thing to seal guitars before spraying lacquer.

First coat of yellow oil varnish.  I used oil varnish and coloring agents from International Violin Company. Second coat of yellow First coat of brown varnish


Second coat of brown.  The lighting was different ...

Third coat of brown

My "brown" varnish also has some red tint in it to warm up the color.  It's easy to see here..


Here's a shot of Violin No. 1 strung up with violin No. 2 ready for varnishing

Here's a shot of Violin No.2 mostly done with varnish and the back of violin No. 3

Here is the back of No. 2.  I decided that I wanted a darker color on No. 2


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