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Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In this video I’ll finish fitting, shaping and gluing in the top bracing.
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#1 posted 04-01-2012 08:26 PM
As I was watching you glue the braces, this question popped into my mind: although certainly not traditional, have people used CA (Cyanoacrylate) glue for this type of work? The glue is very strong and would seem ideal for these glue-ups – small parts that don’t take a lot of stress. And you wouldn’t need to use the go-bars. Certiainly one downside is the high price of the glue.
#2 posted 04-02-2012 10:57 PM
Hi Marty -
CA glue is often used in guitar building for gluing inlays, fret position markers and binding. I’m not sure how it would work on braces as they do need to flex and are subject to tension when the guitar is strung. There is a surprising amount movement in the guitar body when it is played. It seems to me that the CA glue may be too “brittle” under these conditions and may fail when put under stress. Maybe some other builders can comment on their experience with CA glue.
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