Indian Rosewood / European Spruce Dreadnought cutaway 2019 Build

High grade European Spruce

Cut- away side in the bending form. Always a little nervous bending these tight radiuses

Top joined

Back joined

Nice set of Indian Rosewood

Sides thicknessed to around 2 mm. cutaway down to around 1.8 mm


Sides bent . Top and back thickness sanded close to final dimensions. 3.1mm and 2.5mm respectively

Queensland Maple neck blank. Should be seasoned by now. 🙂

Back side of body tapered 19mm from tail to neck join. Time to glue in the neck block and tail block

Neck block glued in.

Tail block glued

Linings being glued in for the back. They provide gluing surface area to attach the back plate and extra support for the sides

Kerfed linings installed

Back is sanded to a 15 ft radius using this concave sanding disc..

15 ft radius..

Back plate channel routed for zipper back strip.

Back strip glued in go bar deck.

Decorative zipper back strip installed and leveled.

Back center reinforcing strip glued in

Back braces marked to follow 15 ft radius of back plate. This curve will be planed and sanded to fit the curve of the dish.

Back center reinforcing strip cut to accept back braces.

Back braces glued to back plate in 15ft radius dish

Back braces carved and cut to length. The kerfed linings will be notched to fit snugly over the ends of the braces

Top routed for traditional herringbone rosette.

Rosette glued. A five kilo weight and some 6mm perspex hold it in place while it dries

X brace and upper transverse brace glued in. I glue the top braces on a flat surface. The humidity is very important at this stage and I try to maintain 40% or lower during this process.

Main top braces marked for trimming and notching of top kerfed lining.

Top bracing rough shaped before final tuning.

Back lining notched to accept brace ends.

Back plate taped in position on 15 ft radius dish ready for rim assembly to be glued.

Rim assembly glued to back plate in 15ft dish.

Inside of the back and sides coated with a thin coat of shellac. Ready for the top to be attached.

Pane of glass with sandpaper attached used to level the top kerfed lining.

The linings forward of the arrows have been sloped down 1,5mm to allow the fingerboard extension to transition smoothly to the body of the guitar

Top sealed with a coat of shellac. Ready to be glued.

Top plate glued and clamped in go bar deck.

Box closed . Starting to take shape now.

Box closed back view.