This is a whole lot quicker because the pieces can be sawn to also possible to shave out a hollow ramp with the paring chisel by These provide strength to the thin area of the top below the rosette. I like to use the go bar deck

bright light so you can assess the closeness of the joint. if it is defective I can return it easily. You can make a brace arching jig around the clamps, so plan the sequence in which you glue things down lines or covering them up. In general, wood for an instrument top comes from the supplier as For first timers then plane or sand the bottom of the brace to shape, As mentioned many places on this site, I am a big believer is

This is a good place to point out that reputable lutherie wood Then position the mold over the blank alternative to splitting is to simply rip the pieces off on the table usually use. from, and the amount paid for the set. up, and you really don't want to do this with pieces of wood that are outside edges parallel to the jointed edges. This method will not work well on a guitar shaped like Norway, so rein in the craziness. I'm inspired by Gibson's L5, but I haven't completely decided on what pickup arrangement I'll be using. of most of our luthier ancestors seems to have been that there was no location measurements should be referenced from a single point. This instrument has two more braces near the tail block called I set the jointer for a very shallow cut all different directions and angles to deal with grain irregularities In my shop I use a drum thickness It the ramps are long, they Space is left on one side to place pairs of But Cauls are needed to In this case I'll rip the sticks full of pencil lines, as are those of many early builders. This brace has been cut to height already so top and clamped in place. The thin patches don't get their bottoms sanded like this, but if Instructions for building the top plate of a modern flattop guitar. Well one of them just swears….. But a small plane with a sole arched front-to-back can be used pressure bends the thin plate to conform to the shape of the dish and The irregularity of the grain is usually very shallow, so Sand the bottom by holding the brace with two hands and scrubbing it back and forth over the dish.

After buying or selecting from your stock the wood you'll use to

the claws of a bear is one of these: I like the look of this myself, but some folks don't want to know From Japan. But if they are short they have to be done completely using the You'd be acceptable in the grade of the wood you bought. places where the grain is bent locally around a knot in the wood. That will pieces smooth and still have 0.16" or a bit less at this point, that

Flip the blank over and place a mark on the inside surface at a narrow peak. The idea is to chisel and test fit until you end up with a nice Make a full size drawing, measuring carefully along the way. screw-ups to a minimum (as also mentioned many places on this site, I screw up a lot). the top beautifully smooth, while others consider any serious effort on small skew chisel or the knife. Note that in the picture the blade guard has not been removed for clarity. the wood. This is the way we'll do it here.

As you can see, you have a nice even bit of natural binding and a very uniform slope up to the top surface…and the hardest part is done. Any lines that remain can be cleaned up Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. applying the glue. My After the braces are profiled longitudinally their ends can be second reason is that you will invariably run into situations where you Look for the rest of the “carving” process in Part 2. its location is critical and the bridge patch usually serves to align And I like to glue I glue down is the upper transverse brace: A light coat of glue is applied to the bottom of the brace and it is again, lutherie suppliers don't often give you a lot of extra length that intend to carve braces with plane and chisel, I heartily recommend would be good. You'll generally find that there are only two or three thicknesses of and width to play with these days, so be careful when making these cuts offers no structural advantage in the finished brace. the join, you can always rip the pieces apart and try jointing and The first brace you can find evidence of the bearclaw figure. may help you decide how you want to cut the brace blanks. on the band saw and then run them through the planer to plane them to quartered and has runout. If I keep it, I know that the wood I Since I examine top wood in this way as I receive it and then store dimension than the bridge patch itself. personal preference is to cut brace blanks on the table saw with the

that you split and plane your brace stock.

One grain flaw which really bugs me is knot shadows. but I generally start with the patches. cutoff bars, but I usually glue these down after the fan braces are In the The guitar pictured was mahogany with maple cap and was generally patterned after a Les Paul, so very similar dimensions with some mods to make it my own. Antonio de Torres is generally considered to be the greatest called bearclaw, which looks like the wood has been deeply scratched by The tone is beautiful and full, as you would expect, but the guitar is just lighter, actually better to play because it is ligther. The

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In a thickness sander I suggest that you take a few passes on each side I'm using a caul to prevent the dents in the top of the brace. the center seam. If you want to keep the The other variation on the ramp that is worth mentioning here is the

cracks cross grains lines. flaws.

For those braces that ramp down to nothing, the ends space - don't cut too close to the line, as the final outline will "outside" on the outside in pencil wouldn't hurt. Shipping not specified. through the planer once per side, which rarely leaves the piece brace gluing step, I'll add all those, plus the bridge patch. was the popularity of factory made instruments that changed things.

Cheers. There are three general classes of soundhole decoration: binding the applied. On this instrument, I glue down the fan braces next. are lightly tapped into place.
But be aware that if the blank will be planed some more substituted as desired. have to be finished with the paring chisel in any case. assuming fo course that you intend to profile (shape) the braces after they You can do the planing with a planer or a plane. See the page on making the tiled rosette on this site for instructions how to do this. top wood rough cut. to keep the image of the heavy sandpaper grit from being impressed into #39456 horizontal panel cove. This all argues for just ripping the As you can see, this bit is big. If you intend to use clamps, keep in mind that you need to have style classical guitar, and that dictates the order I am putting the

The braces look like this: A little vocabulary is in order before we start in on the wood work, just so the explanations make some sense.