With the glue dry on the ribs it was time to separate the skeletal structure from the mold ready for the next step – lining the ribs with reinforcing strips to provide a greater glue area for the top and back plates.

This is essentially the same process as for the ribs themselves – soak some thin timber strips for about half an hour and then heat up the water pipe in the vise and with the tin backing strip, steam bend the linings at each end – I’m not sure if Neil Gow did it this way or if Antonio Stradivarius used this technique for his violins, but the concept of lining the ribs goes back a long way into the history of violin making.

I then clamped the strips in place against the inside of the ribs to dry so they would retain their shape. I held them in place with clothes pegs and a couple of spring clamps for the ends.

Here are some closer views.

The next step is to glue these firmly in position and clamp again until the glue sets.

After this I’ll shape the end blocks and start work on the top and back plates.

For previous entries on this topic see:
Pochette part four
Pochette part three
Pochette part two
Pochette part one