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JohnMcM
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11/09/2019 11:09 pm  

A few more pics of the archtop build for your entertainment. The side bending went well but very slowly round my exhaust pipe bending tube. Thanks for the tip of thinning the maple for the tighter bends Mark. I found that only a spray of water was enough and that you can hear the wood fibres just start to move allowing a halt before any damage is done. Each side took about four hours (slow but safe). I've also finished the front plate. Spruce is too easy to over carve if you rush but I've got it as thin as I can without risk (1/4 inch in centre tapering to 1/8" at the perimeter. Bracing next.

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12/09/2019 11:41 am  

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TOP JOB! Looks really great John - glad to help - and thanks for the pics!

I found that only a spray of water was enough

Yes - especially with highly figured wood like flamed sycamore - it is possible to add too much water and the fibers can begin to separate. Like you, I no longer soak sides, but just spritz with water before bending...

Measure twice, cut once...


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