Sunday, July 12th, 2009:

An exciting day today!!! THE SOUNDBOX IS FINISHED!!!!

This morning I removed the tape from the bindings on the top. When I got home from church, I first did my weekly challenge, the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle (keeps my brain working), and then I began the task of scraping and sanding down the bindings.

It turned out I was very lucky this time!!! When I first looked at the bindings, right after removing the tape, it looked as if I had some gaps between the binding and the purfling on the upper bout of the back. However, after I scraped all the bindings and purflings down, it turned out that there were no gaps! I guess what I thought were gaps was just the black line of the purflings kind of smashed down, before scraping, making it look like black space there. gaps to have to deal with this time. YAY!

It took me around 3-1/2 hours to do all the scraping and sanding, so the bindings were flush to the body (in some places, my bindings were a bit proud of the sides, and that takes longer to scrape down than where they're proud of the top or back).

I think it came out nicely! Here are some pics:




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  1. Planning
  2. A Little Change in Plans...
  3. Back Braces
  4. Carving the Back Braces & Cutting the Top Braces
  5. The Rosette / Tapering the Fingerboard
  6. Bracing the Top
  7. Carving the Braces / Gluing the Soundhole Braces & Bridge Plate
  8. The Finished Top and Back!!! / Cutting and Bending the Sides
  9. Fixing Cupped Sides / Making Spreaders & Clamping Cauls
  10. Neck and Tail Blocks
  11. Sanding the Radius into the Sides / Gluing the Kerfing Strips / Side Reinforcements
  12. Fitting & Gluing the Back
  13. Fitting & Gluing the Top
  14. We Have a Soundbox Now!!!
  15. Bending and Routing for Bindings
  16. Gluing the End Wedge & Bindings
  17. Scraping the Bindings
  18. Beginning the Neck
  19. The Neck, Continued!!!
  20. The Neck, Day 3
  21. Peghead, Tuners, Dots, & Frets!!
  22. Peghead Inlay
  23. Backstrap & Gluing the Fingerboard
  24. Carving the Neck / A "Duh!" Moment / Side Dots / Preparing for Finish
  25. Pore-Filling and Sealing
  26. Spraying the Top Coats
  27. Finishing the Finish / Gluing on the Neck
  28. Gluing on the Bridge
  29. Set-Up / It's All Done!