What is the simplest way to build a 1/16 violin at home?
I have her an almost-5-years old boy, who asks for his birthday a kit of tool to make a violin. ))) i understand that to build a real one is near to impossible. But the process will be more important. However, something somewhat playablity would be nice to achieve. Do you have any suggestions, ideas, and advises?
If he wants to play the violin, rent a real one from a store. If he just wants to build a violin for fun, he could make a fake one with craft materials (won't be playable). I can't think of any specifics. Maybe YouTube videos on how to build a violin?
We have one, he takes lessons since he is 3,5. Now he wants to make a violin. We watched some videos on youtube. That's why he asks for a set of tools, we also visited luthier, who kindly showed all the steps.))) but we will also need wood and all the other stuff. There are plenty on market for 4/4, and I Googled nothing for 1/16. That's why i am asking.
Really? Make a 1/16 playable instrument at 5? If I were you I’d buy a cheap ($60) 1/16 violin, take it apart, and give it to him with instruction on how to put it back together! That will make him the youngest luthier in training ever! You might even be able to find some cheap Chinese kit in the blank for that matter.
Google "cigar box violin"
Back in the 50s in Europe there were camps where kids build their own string fiddles they can bring back home to play. That sounds perfect for your kid if they still exist! Perhaps something that you can research on and let us know if you find out anything!
Cigar box is a good idea, as is disassemble and reassemble. You can probably buy a violin in the white and pieces and set up something violin like. The challenges will be pegs, nut, bridge and soundpost, endpin and fingerboard, but may well be playable. Maestronet they do more of this, and you have some woodworking skillz they'd probably be glad to talk you through parts of it.
I don't really know what's your purpose, really... anything you build is going to be really bad, it takes years of practice as a luthier to make something decent, and that's what they say all the time. I am a little confused...
Take a 1/8 and cut it in half!
Now thinking about why he wants the violin.
Well if that is the case then go fir it.
Hmm - starting with no previous experience in woodworking and having a violin as the first project is brave. It's like starting to play and having Paganini caprices as the first piece.
A 5 year old, even though I am no luthier, shouldn't touch actual woodworking materials until like 10. Even though I'm in high school, some freshman nearly took his fingers off on the radial arm saw the other day, and we're all trained properly.
Actually if it's like knives, with you watching him, should be okay.
I'm going to take a different approach here. That child could have been me. My mother told me that when I could barely crawl I would crawl over under a friend's grand piano when he played and beat time. As soon as I could talk I was asking for instruments, and my parents got me every toy instrument I asked for (mostly wind--no percussion!). As soon as I could take lessons, I did, and now I've been a violin maker for 35 years.
Kids are in the kitchen at 5. Kids sew at 5. I know I used some tools at 5. Some of them were even sharp. I am sure there are things at the craft store that could work.It doesn't have to be out of the same woods a violin is out of. Use something that is easy to cut - pine, balsa wood, card board. There is some new stuff sold to fabric people that is not fabric and is not leather but is used like fabric to make wallets and stuff. It might work for your purposes. You could use the plans for a violin and go through the whole process. It sounds to me that the child is after the process of exploring how one makes a violin, not after a playable violin.
Search "cereal box guitar" for a kid-friendly project you could probably adapt into a "violin".
I think this is a great idea, but I agree with Roger. Buy a cheap one and take it apart completely (except for top and back seams, those could be hard to put together again). If you want it ALL taken apart then you could just remove the strings and take the instrument to a machine shop where they have a vapor degreaser, and run the instrument in there with something like trichloroethylene for an hour. That'll strip the varnish too. Then all you need is glue (Elmer's will be fine) and clamps and some boat varnish or maybe even allow the child to paint the instrument in fun colors.
Thaks to all for your time.
"starting to play and having Paganini caprices as the first piece" ...
Actually Suzuki Book 2 students play "Witches' Dance," which is a version of Paganini's Le Streghe! So we introduce things and let kids try to do as much as they can do.
I love that you are allowing your son to explore. I would maybe explain to him that to begin he must make something that won't sound the same as his violin. He can then later on make something he likes. This could lead to a rewarding career or at the very least a good educational experience.
Children can be taught responsible use of sharp tools from an early age. As long as they're supervised, simple woodworking for a 5-year-old isn't unreasonable; there are (non-violin) kits for that age.
I know, so does everyone, that kids can build things, they do it all the time, but the OP wants his kid to build a real 1/16 violin, and I said there's no way he can do it, plain simple. You can teach a kid that it's dangerous to touch a sharp edge, but let the kid work with those tools for 100h or more and an accident is guaranteed. Violin making is not suitable for kids, physically and mentally, unless you're some kind of genius. As many have said, start with a wooden flute or recorder, some simple instrument, and years later you can try to make a violin.
Over the years whenever I had DIY project at home, I'd teach my daughters some basic skill that goes with it. And that's included power tools (saws, finish nailer, etc.). Some things are more intrinsically safe than others. Table saws are more safe than circular saws or chain saws, for example. They weren't 5 years old, but certainly under 10. I remember having a plumbing project one day and my older daughter (then probably 8 years old) was curious about it so I showed her how to solder fittings onto 1/2" hard-pipe with a MAP torch. Obviously I would have required her to do that a few times with my supervision before flying solo, and obviously she wouldn't ever do such a thing when I wasn't home.
Lydia I haven't seen those kits. I'm pretty sure they are glue assembly, pre cut parts etc."Simple woodworking" being the disclaimer.That really isn't wood working that's assembly. Maybe pre woodworking :)
I combined clumsiness with an interest in building things, and chemistry, so my personal acquaintance with accidents is high. ;-)
Thank you all.