Side Strips & Rosette

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Well, today I did two things: I made and glued in my side reinforcement strips and did my rosette.

I use popsicle sticks for my side reinforcement strips — I just bevel the edges, sand them smooth, and cut them to length. Following Frank Finocchio's method, I used three strips per side: two on both sides of the waist, and one on the lower bout.














  1. A Little Detour....A Tour of My Workroom!!!
  2. Joining the Top
  3. Starting to Bend
  4. Bending, Day 2
  5. Bending, Day 3
  6. Neck Block, Center Strip, Cutaway!
  7. Bracing the Back, Gluing in the Blocks
  8. Shape Back Braces, Glue Neck Block, Make Spreaders
  9. Spreader, Rim, Kerfing
  10. Rim-Sanding, Brace-Shaping, Go-Bar Modification, & Obon!!!
  11. Side Strips & Rosette
  12. Beginning the Top Bracing
  13. Bracing, Continued...
  14. Gluing the Back
  15. Gluing the Top
  16. Trimming the Overhang
  17. Routing for Binding : Day 1
  18. Routing for Binding : Day 2
  19. Fitting & Gluing the Bindings
  20. The Soundbox is Done!!!
  21. Truss Rod Slot, Peghead Veneer
  22. Peghead, Start Heel
  23. Threaded Inserts, Neck Trimmed
  24. Fitting the Neck!!!
  25. Truss Rod Cavity, Heel Cap, Fingerboard Trimmed
  26. Finishing and Gluing the Fingerboard / Peghead Inlay
  27. Carving the Neck
  28. I Feel Good....The Basic Building is Done!!! (Now on to the Finishing....)
  29. Pore-Filling
  30. Sealing
  31. Finish Coats
  32. Finishing the Finish!!!
  33. Gluing the Bridge
  34. It's All Done!!!


I planned the rosette channels. On this guitar, I will have one black/white/black strip and then a strip with black /white/black, the paua abalone strip (.135"), and another black/white/black strip.




Then I routed out the channels with my Dremel and Stew-Mac router base & circle-cutting jig.




Here's the result:

















Here I have glued in the paua abalone and purfling strips. I have it clamped and will scrape and sand it all down tomorrow.





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