The kit for this classical guitar came with a bookmatched pair of Engelmann spruce boards for the top. My pair has some beautiful silk in it that I hope will come out in the finish. After jointing the inner edges of the two boards and tapering the opposite edges. We used a wedge jig to glue up the top. The wedge applies the clamping pressure to the joint in the middle of the top.
I then used hand planes to surface the outside of the top.
The next step is installing the rosette to this outside surface. We used a Dremel and a circle cutting jig to make the channel for the rosette.
To glue the rosette into the channel, we used the go-bar clamping system. I didn’t get a picture of this but you’ll see plenty of examples of using this clamping system as you read on. I flushed up the rosette to the top using a block plane and cabinet scraper. You can see some of that sweet silk in this photo!
Using a drum sander, the top was thicknessed to 2.6 mm.
For the bracing pattern, I used the one included with the kit which is the pattern in Segovia’s Hauser guitar.
The first piece to be glued in is the bridge plate. I made a bit of a mistake here with the bridge plate. You can see it doesn’t really match the pattern above. That’s because I made it before consulting the pattern! Oops.
Here are all of the spruce braces after cutting them to size and roughly laying them out.
You can see some of the braces need to be notched to fit over the bridge plate. Robbie showed us a clever way of doing this using a bandsaw. Check out his youtube video.
Here is a picture of the first set of braces to get glued in with the go-bar clamping system. This system uses flexible rods bent between two decks to apply pressure.
The reason for gluing the braces in in steps is to give you room to shape the braces using small planes and chisels. Here is how I shaped the fan braces.
Here’s the final glue up of the remaining braces.
And here is the inside of the top after everything has been shaped. At this point, you can tap the top and hear a satisfying resonance that sounds like a tuned tom-tom.