This is my first flat top build, all my acoustic builds have been carved top and back plates. Flat top is a misnomer because the top has a 28ft radius and the back has a 15ft radius. ( top and back are pictured in their radius dishes ) This won’t be detailed build, just a series of updates.
I’m working from drawings for a Martin 000. I’ve altered the outline so I can use the same mold to build a 15in archtop , a much more curvy guitar . The flat top bracing will be the same as the Martin drawing. I’ve overlaid the new shape on the Martin. Some loss of internal volume but I don’t think it will be a big deal. I hope it won’t be a big deal.
Finally I would like to rave about the usefulness of a 45mm #3 fishtail gouge for furniture and luthiery. This one has been re handled to the length of a patternmakers paring chisel. It gets used at least once a day here.
Very old Redwood for the top and Southern Silky Oak back and sides. Most of you would know Silky Oak as Lacewood. See my resaw blog. http://lumberjocks.com/Texcaster/blog/42511
Nice graceful 28ft radius.
-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.