THE Tops and the necks are now all attached, now the decorations get glued to the underside of the tops. First comes the two braces, then a very thin piece of cedar which surrounds the sound hole, is glued on to lend strength to the sound hole. Be sure the grain of the cedar is crossways to the grain of the spruce top. Next is the thin walnut brace glued exactly underneath where the bridge is going to go. I put a piece of hardwood here so that the knotted string will not pull through. Finally I will glue on the butt plate.
1. Here is the starting point, the top glued to the neck
This handy device is call a "Go Bar Deck" for reasons that I don't understand. What I do understand is that it's a slick way to provide clamping pressure while glueing things together. Here I had glued on the braces, the go-bars hold them down tight.
2. The rest of the Pinecones are setting up.
Here is "mass production". Two at a time.
Complete now except for the butt plate. That will happen tomorrow perhaps.