A lovely Thanksgiving at the Novich cabin on Whidbey Island. kerosene lanterns and beachwood adorned the table as the hungry diners awaited the turkey and mashed potatoes. YUM!
I was pleased to see again, the rocking bunny that I had made for my grand daughter Kate when she was just a baby twenty seven years ago. It shows a little surface wear but is still perfectly solid. Where have the years gone? Thats Kate with her hands clasped in the picture above..
Back to the workshop today. I marked the Port Orford Cedar top sound hole and body shape, then slipped it into my router jig for cutting the oval sound hole. This plate of 1/4 inch acrylic clamps down over the soundboard tightly with four screws into the plywood plate behind it.
You want to measure carefully to be sure the sound board is exactly where you want it. First I will cut the channel for the thin purfling that I will use for decoration around the hole.
I have it where I want it so I tightened the screws and put a clamp on for extra security. Don't want it slipping when the router hits it.
It all went well, I installed the fancy purfling, cut out the sound hole, and now to the thickness sander to sand the top down to .080. That done, I turned my attention to #102. It's top was needing a butt block. I pull a couple pre made mahogany blocks out of my stash and took them to the sander to match up the curve of the body and take off a little unnecessary wood.
When you glue these on you want to be sure to set them inside the body line leaving room for the thickness of the side to fill that gap.