|Here a set of back braces is being shaped on the band saw. After this step is a lot of sanding.|
|Three sets of back braces ready to join together like a jigsaw puzzle. The slots were cut with a router and should just mate snug in the final assembly.|
The main braces and keel will be shaped on a sander which has not yet been done when this picture was taken.
|Final sanding a curly maple back set. Here the back is emerging from the thickness sander after getting a pass of 220 grit sandpaper.|
Its much easier to sand before its turned into a back and gets warped onto a 12 foot sphere!
|Then thickness sanding the back braces for three backs in a single pass. Clearly there is room on the sander for another set of braces.|
This process turns out to be one of the easiest. Not many things can happen to multiple guitars all at once!
|Here are the final sanded backs for three guitars.|
Time to get them into the 12 foot radius dish for glueing up the back braces.