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Old 04-07-2014, 10:35 AM
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Towards the end of last week I was able to get the sides joined up. Quite a rewarding feeling after spending so much time preparing the cutaway section!

Nothing too tricky coming up so the next little while should zip along. Here I'm gluing on some laminated maple strips to give some long grain stiffness to the back...

Each brace is two 2.5 mm strips of maple laminated into a 15' arch. Bracing a back with a typical ladder bracing adds almost no long grain stiffness, so for me adding these braces is key to getting a more even distribution and helping maintain the arch. My center strip is also laminated but with a thin cross-grain layer of spruce and a thin maple strip on top.

If all goes well the back will be glued on by the end of the day and it's on to bracing the top!

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