Part 2: Curly birch wood top
A bit shorter update this time, I’ll mostly talk about hard wood. *cough*
I hand select all top woods I use, birch comes with its bark still on.
Here’s a small sample of all pieces I have, figure and texture varies from piece to piece.
Bark sawn off on one side…
… and also from the other side. A few smaller pieces are sawn off also, these can be used to make peg head veneer for instance.
To get a proper mirror effect on top wood, it is split in half through the middle. A large flat head screwdriver keeps pieces from jamming up the saw blade.
Wood tends to bend a little when sawn in half, it’s time to straighten it up!
Top wood is planed, sanded and wetted to bring out the figure to estimate placement.
A routing template is placed in appropriate place…
… and a poket is routed to fit top to the body.
Another routing template is used to route a fitting for top…
… and here it is done.
A chisel, several hand planes and a sander is used to even out the body…
And the result is a quite flat surface.
Oooooohhhh…. Silky smoooth!
Top wood is test fitted…
… and glue is applied generously.
A torture rack… I mean a clamping jig is used to evenly compress glued surfaces together.
Pressure is ridiculously high, two F-clamps keep the pieces together and two regular dowels hold top wood in place.
Next up, fretboard and inlays!