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08-18-2011 02:21 PM

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hi all im starting to build a classical guitar this will be my first one as you now i`v done question is i am near finishing the sound board and arm,im am temping in the near future is to put the slight bow to the back without the disc iv would you do it i did to top through sound hole but i`m stuck with the back can you help cheers.

-- pgray

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 04:43 PM

Curved the back in a dish if possible, about 15’ radius.

You can make a dish form and use it to shape your braces and
glue them to the back to hold the shape.

Lacking the forms, use the methods described in almost all
books on guitarmaking written before the late 1990s. You
shape the braces to a template and use clamps to clamp the
back to them.

Then, put the braced back on the guitar and cut down the
sides of the guitar to fit the back curve. The sides will be
a bit wider at the waist than at the outside curves of the
lower bout. There are different ways to do it.

I have two 15’ radius dish forms – one has a 24” sanding disk
glued to it which is used to shape the sides of the guitar
to match the back curve exactly.

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 05:21 PM

thanks loren for the quick reply ill try to get a book on this cheers

-- pgray

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