So anyway, this is my annual violin maintenance. I always go to Robert Isley, a luthier in Rye, NY. He let me take photos for this blog. If you are not familiar with violin parts, here's a diagram.
Take off all the parts (strings, bridge, tailpiece end button, chinrest and nut). Mark where the bridge was. Then plane the fingerboard
Thanks to Bob Isley for his awesome work -- my violin is always happy after coming back from his place.
If you're interested in how to make a fingerboard, here's what I found: Shaping A Fingerboard -- Violin Making School