The Unpacked Kit
|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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