Now the X brace has to be carved. I start by scalloping the lower ends:
The upper arms of the X are not scalloped, but have a gentle arch, like so:
Then the cross section is carved round:
And the lower arms are carved into a more or less triangular shape:
Now the bridge patch is made and installed. It is made out of flat sawn osage orange, and it is sanded to match the radius of the top.
The intersection of the X needs to be capped also. Sometimes I’ve used wood, but I’m told that cloth is better, so I take two pieces of cotton and soak them with wood glue:
I also added the “popsicle” braces in the upper bout.
The braces ends have to be trimmed to length, and the linings have to be routed out to accept them:
The the top is glued on: