Day 6: Embedding the rosette, cutting the soundboard
Today’s progress involved embedding the rosette into the soundboard, cutting the sound hole, and cutting out the shape of the soundboard.
Embedding the rosette:
Routing the soundhole:
This was the same process as creating and embedding the rosette. Measure 100mm sound hole, route out, slowly peeling off fractions of a mm at time till you cut through the entire soundboard. The reason you don’t route through all at once is to reduce risk of large fragments of timber splintering off.
I then ran the front face of the soundboard through the drum sander to smooth the surface after embedding the rosette.
Cutting out the soundboard:
I traced the shape of the guitar onto the soundboard and ran it through the band saw, leaving 1.5cm excess around the outline. It would be a disaster to cut into the soundboard now…. It’s a careful process.
The soundboard was sanded to 3mm thick. I only sanded the inside face of the soundboard. To sand the outside face would only take off layers of the rosette, and some people have been known to sand through the rosette…… The beautiful pinky streaks in the Bunya Pine are starting to shine up.
I’m STOKED with how it’s looking. It’s great to see it coming together, ever so slowly.