Building a Tenor Guitar #7: Making the Soundhole Rosette

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Blog entry by Randy Price posted 11-20-2011 04:03 PM 6753 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Jointing and Gluing the Top and Back Part 7 of Building a Tenor Guitar series Part 8: Inlaying the Soundhole Rosette »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In Part 7 see how to make a soundhole rosette of laminated walnut and curly maple.


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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 01:22 AM

Another way to cut rosettes like this is with an adjustable hole cutter for a drill press. The tip cuts a circle. You can reverse it and adjust the diameter to cut an inside circle. The result is a wood ring like the one you did. After you can sharp the other end of the cutter to a flat chisel (about a 45 degree angle), remove it and reinsert it up side down. It cuts a 1/4 inch swath in your guitar top to the depth you want. Readjust the diameter and cut another swath until you get a width that the rosette fits in. It really does a nice clean job with minimal effort.

Enjoying following your blog btw. I love how luthiers have multiple types of techniques to accomplish the same outcome.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 03:40 PM

If you had a 1/16” router bit you could have created the walnut portion in one piece, and used the 1/16” bit to create the groves for the maple inlay.

I too am enjoying your videos even though I have no intentions of building a guitar. (I’m a drummer)

-- Russ

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 04:37 PM

Thanks – both are great ideas.

I have the hole cutter for my drill press, but I find it difficult to set it accurately. I use it mainly for cutting holes bigger than my hole saws. I haven’t used it since I got my gauge blocks – they may be the answer for getting accurate set-ups with the hole cutter. I’ll have to try it and see how it works.

I like the idea of inlaying maple in the ring instead of laminating – I would need to get the 1/16” bit. I think I’ll try this on a future build.


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