I was pretty happy with the last two rosettes. Especially the channels, which came out really clean. I’m not sure if I could have done any better with a router.
Oh, and what do I see… another tiny plane….giggles… how cute! Despite how damn adorable these are, they are real tools. Used the block plane to flatten out the bulk. It was like pushing a toy car around a racetrack. Sharp little sucker made some nice shavings.
Close up of the last rosette. Only difference with this one is the cherry purfling to match the cherry guitar. The others were flamed maple. This shows the lutz spruce a bit better, which is absolutely gorgeous. Tight grain, nice medullary rays. I hope my finish will do it justice.
And a pic of all three before final sanding to thickness and cutting out the soundholes.
On to the bracing now. I’d love to say I split it all, but there were a few minor knots to work around. Split bracing ensures quartered grain, which is the stiffest and most stable, and is very important on braces which need to be as light and as strong as possible. I split the billet along a grain line, planed the side flat, and used that side to band saw my brace material with the proper grain orientation.
I hope to have these tops braced up, or almost all braced up by early next week.