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Gluing the Ribbon Lining onto the Rim


The Unpacked Kit
Ribbon Lining
End-Piece Set
Guitar Top
Top Bracing
Guitar Back
Back Bracing
Attaching the Back
Attaching the Top
Edge Bindings
Fitting the Neck
Truss Rod
Fitting the Nut
Grain Filling
Attaching the Neck
Attaching the Bridge
Saddle and Nut
It's Done!

Unfortunately, I forgot about taking pictures of the process until after I assembled the rim. The rim is considered to be the sides assembled to the two end blocks. This step shows the beginning of attaching the lining to the rim. The lining is a strip of mahogany or cedar, triangular in profile, and kerfed to allow it to conform to the shape of the sides without requiring steam or heat bending. The long side of the triangular profile is glued to the side of the guitar, and the short side of the triangle is what the top and bottom of the guitar is glued to. As the sides of the guitar are no more than 1/8" thick, it does not present enough gluing surface to attach the top and bottom. The lining makes up for this.

The rim of the guitar is sitting in a mold constructed from 3/4" thick particle board and "L" hooks. The "L" hooks both force the sides to the exact contour that the finished guitar is to have, and also provide a place to attach rubber bands used for either holding down the sides (as shown in the picture), or as clamps for gluing on the top and bottom of the guitar.

On to Gluing the linings - Part 2.

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