Sonyia's Violin
Stainer Copy
Circa 1920s

My buddy Mark Rubin brought me by a couple of "Fixer upper" Violins.
One Stainer copy, 1920s, one Maggini copy, 1920s
  I asked my daughter Sonyia which one she wanted and she said "The Striped one"
That means  the Jacobus clone, so I named him "Jake"
Jake Stainer just sounds all macho, like some Oil Driller :)

I will fix all the new top cracks, re-fix a couple old ones, seal up anything that needs it.
Then give it a new finish and set up with modern hardware.

Cracks repaired, top sealed back down on a couple corners, going well

Now I have things block sanded back to profile, for a smoother final outcome

Finish choice is "Honey Amber", with "Dark reddish brown"
That will subdue the old battle scars
I will use fine wool to satinize the finish, and add back in some patina

Stripping the old varnish from back and sides

All scuffed and ready for tint

I am going dark edges and a light center.
The tiger stripes will still "pop" but when you shoot pics, they are like a Tiger Eye stone, and you cannot see them as well from this angle.

Final finish coat applied alongside another pet project.
It can cure a few days, and then I will get it buffed out and begin the setup

It started as an ugly 60s  Asian Import Mandolute clone, that I am bound and determine to turn into something interesting!
After removing its hideous finish, I have dressed it up with some creative nuances and added a nice lacquer finish.

It always looks too shiny, until the buffing is completed.

After fingerboard planing, taking the rest down with a straight bar and chalk
A few "lows" left, almost there

Some oil for the board, and then a polish will be next

Taking all the sheen down with 0000 wool, I will buff it back to high shine and add back in a little patina, then satin the finish with wool again


Now that the parts are here, I will begin the setup

Now to ream the peg box and shape the new pegs, and then get on with the setup

Tapering done

Warming up on some old pegs, the new ones are ebony and oversize so it will take quite a bit of tapering

That was the amount needed to get to proper depth

Using my cordless to facilitate quicker removal until I get cloe, then I will finsh by hand

I will grind that overburden up for ebony dust repair powder
Now to cut the ends.