Archtop 2012 #3: F Holes

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Blog entry by Josh Sollows posted 03-17-2012 06:29 PM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Next step for this guitar took a little bit more of my artistic side. I had to make my own F holes for the top of the guitar. For those of you who don’t know, the F holes are the fancy shaped openings in the top of the guitar that allows the sound generated by the vibrating top, to project from the body. From a few pictures of different types of F holes I did a free hand drawing of my own version on a piece of 1/2” ply. After a little bit of editing, I was happy with it, and cut it out with the drill press and a scroll saw.

Using an overhead router setup I sort of…. “MacGyver’d” I got the holes cut out and sanded.

Turned out pretty nice!

Next, using a compass to trace the curvature of the top, I formed the braces for the top of the guitar, glued and clamped them in place. The braces are made out of light-weight yellow cedar. As soon as they were dry, I put a coat of wipe-on poly on the inside of both the op and back of the guitar. This is to seal the inside of the guitar. If the top dries out at all, it has a good chance of warping or even cracking! Also, it gave me an idea of how it will look finished, and boy does it look amazing!

Next entry will be on the gluing up of the main body, routing to fit, and application of binding.

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

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