Monday, June 29th, 2009:

Now it's time to carve the braces!

Here I am using a small plane to shape the upper face brace into a nicely-rounded shape.




Lots of cute little curly shavings!!!



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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!



Here I have glued a strip of spruce to cap the X-brace intersection.



I'm almost done with the rough shaping of the braces; I do the rough shaping and scalloping with a 1/2" chisel. After I do the other X-brace, I will use a fingerplane to shape the braces to a triangular shape.



Here are a couple of photos of the bracing after I have sanded and smoothed the braces with 120-grit sandpaper.

Here I'm gluing the soundhole braces and the bridge plate. Once that's out of the go-bar deck, I will glue on the upper transverse graft, which goes on flat.

Now, after gluing on the bridge plate and soundhole braces, it taps to a B-natural!


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At the moment, the top, when tapped, sounds out a B-flat tone!

Gluing on the upper transverse graft: