Guitar, that is. I sold my best one recently, so now I need to replace it. Also, the guy who bought it, ordered another one, and I want to try a different bracing scheme, but I don’t want to experiment on his.
I’m not going to be posting a lot of pictures of this build. Cooler weather is coming, and I need to take advantage of it and do a lot of forging this next week, so I’m not going to have a lot of time for building or posting. But I will be working on the guitar on weekends, and when I can’t work on knives, so here are some pics showing the making of the rosette.
This is what’s called a radial rosette. It’s made by cutting a bunch of wedges of wood (desert ironwood burl, in this case), and gluing them to a sacrificial board with some black strips in between:
Then a router with a circle cutting jig is used to make it round on the inside and out:
Now the ring is cut free of the board:
Now the channel is routed out on the soundboard:
And the ring is glued in:
That’s all until the glue dries…