Subscribe now and save up to 56%
Detail of the lap joint at the center of the x-brace.
The hawaiian guitar project is coming along. In Part 1, we covered jointing the plates for the top and back, side bending, and inlaying the rosette. This blog covers the carving of the spruce bracing for the top. Probably the most enjoyable step of the guitar building process, for me. Because of the carefully selected straight grain of the spruce, a sharp chisel will go exactly where you will it to go. And it even smells great!
The underside of the x-brace get a small mortise for the finger braces.
With all the braces cut, the bridge plate and one of the straight braces at the top get glued on first.
Then the arched x-brace gets glued on.
Then a few more straight braces.
When all the spruce brace braces were attached, I glued on small, cross-grain pieces of Mango to reinforce the center joint.
The last glue-ups on the soundboard are two small bars to reinforce the soundhole.
Now the fun part. Carving the straight grain spruce braces.
Sharp chisels help out here. The ends of the braces get shaped down to about 1/8 inch thick, where they will be mortised into the kerfing.
The completed carving on the top braces.
Here is a photo of the top in place after the braces have been notched to fit the kerfed lining.
Ready for glue-up.
Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox
Become a member today
Get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content.
Subscribe to Fine Woodworking
Save up to 56%
Pah! And when would he have time to actually build the darn thing??? Just kidding. Always a pleasure, saschafer:)
You need to put your camera on a tripod, close down the aperture, and increase the exposure time. ;-)
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
Shaker-inspired design is comfortable and practical
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
Become a member today and get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content!
Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking.
Our biweekly podcast allows editors, authors, and special guests to answer your woodworking questions and connect with the online woodworking community.
Browse our collection of hundreds of quality plans including Shaker furniture, Arts and Crafts pieces, beds, diy plans, chairs, workbenches, tool storage, and more.
© 2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Become a member and get instant access to thousands of videos, how-tos, tool reviews, and design features.
Start your subscription today and save up to 56%