|My working drawing of Lacote 1823|
I like the idea of stretching the soundboard over the assembled bars and side ribs and gluing it in place in as a single procedure. The usual method gluing bars to the belly and then fitting the bar ends to the side ribs involves a lot of trial and error that can lead to compromises and distortions. I think that the equilibrium that is achieved with the stretch method is beneficial for tone production.
Clamping is initially done with painter's tape, then foam lined curved or flat cauls and an assortment of other clamps are added. I use a slow setting fish glue that allows time for assembly.
sawn maple and laid out the contours. The peghead is fitted with a long v-joint and the heel is a separate block that sits on a sloped surface that increases the length of the gluing surface. In the photo I have already made the initial cuts for the peghead joint. Fitting this joint is difficult and time-consuming so it is important to make these cuts accurately.
Next time I'll describe making and installing the banding, assembling the rosette, fretting and embedding the metal belly frets, making the bridge and varnishing.