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Old 04-29-2018, 12:10 AM
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The kiaat really is very striking on the back with itís orange color. Looks good!
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Wow that is pretty!

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Thank you Paul, much appreciated!

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The kiaat really is very striking on the back with itís orange color. Looks good!
And thanks to you as well, Bob!

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A shot of the back seam reinforcement. It has been carved and sanded, and we polish this strip with shellac. Certainly not necessary, but a look of refinement I enjoy. I think the redwood looks particularly handsome polished like this:

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Next step here is to cut through the strip and let in the back braces.
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I should post this how-to pic, which shows us working on Steve's back:

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So now you have something in common with my chiropracter, Steve!

Looking good, Guys! Iíve been in London on business and havenít had a chance to catch up on the thread - canít wait to see more!
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So now you have something in common with my chiropracter, Steve!
And what would that be, Steve? Working on your back?
Giving you a shellacking? Or doing unnecessary things?

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A shot of the back seam reinforcement. It has been carved and sanded, and we polish this strip with shellac. Certainly not necessary, but a look of refinement I enjoy. I think the redwood looks particularly handsome polished like this:

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Next step here is to cut through the strip and let in the back braces.
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Nice touch!
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And what would that be, Steve? Working on your back?
Giving you a shellacking? Or doing unnecessary things?

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Haha! I think both working and shellacking would apply!
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:21 PM
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Thanks, Dion!

Breaking away from the back for a moment, we'll show a bit more top work. Steve and I discussed a number of options for the rosette, finally settling on an attractive piece of Koa. This piece came from Bruce Creps shop, who will be a vendor at the La Conner show.

Work started with gluing the bookmatched slices together, then cutting a donut-like ring out of the blank:

IMG_1968.jpg

A precise donut-like trench is routed in that lovely top. And at this point, we were relieved to have the Cochran router base on hand:

IMG_1977.jpg

Next, the Koa ring is clamped in its new home utilizing the genius of the Druids--Brickhenge:

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When dry, the ring is flush-sanded to the top's surface:

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Old 05-03-2018, 08:36 PM
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Continuing on, Steve chose to border that Koa donut with Paua abalone rings, inner and outer. We build these off the guitar on a circular gluing form:

IMG_1964.jpg

Once these are assembled, Bishop Cochran comes out again for step two, which will be routing a recess for each ring:

IMG_1973.jpg

These Paua rings are then inlaid and clamped using the same procedure as used for the Koa ring. Results? Success:

IMG_1970.jpg

Finally, those rings were sanded/scraped flush to the top, the soundhole was cut out, and then the top shape cut out:

IMG_1974.jpg

And here is the top, resting over the back, which gives some idea of finished appearance:

IMG_1980.jpg

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Wow, just beautiful. Canít wait to see more. This is the first time Iíve seen the use of a circular clamping form to make the Paua ring - I assumed that a channel was routed and the individual Paua pieces dropped in. Really cool to see the details of construction!
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Really sharp. The new router is paying dividends.
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nice rosette

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Old 05-05-2018, 07:56 AM
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Wow, just beautiful. Canít wait to see more. This is the first time Iíve seen the use of a circular clamping form to make the Paua ring - I assumed that a channel was routed and the individual Paua pieces dropped in. Really cool to see the details of construction!
Hey Steve, sure--the "drop 'em in the channel" technique is one way to do it. But this technique we use enables the gluing of pieces with CA glue, in a way that eliminates worry. For me, anyway. The rings are then glued with PVA glue which has virtually no chance of staining the redwood. I guess what I'm saying is it gives me--at least--a feeling of control.

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Amen to that!

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Old 05-07-2018, 05:06 PM
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With 4 guitars shipped out Friday, and another one today, we happily resumed work on Steve's back. Yes, adjustments were made and it is feeling so much better. Here's one of the jigs we use to cut a 15' radius into each back brace:

IMG_1991.jpg

And the assembled group of Sitka back braces for Steve's guitar:

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Then the job of carefully cutting the pockets for each brace:

IMG_1751.jpg

More in a bit, thanks for looking.

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