href=”https://cmillerguitars.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/top-joint.gif”> Top sections are candled, then joined with hide glue using spreader wedges and a shop-made jig[/caption]
The ribs are bent by hand over a hot iron, methodically but quickly enough to not burn the wood in the process. Once well fitted to the body mould, they are clamped in to await head- and tailblocks and kerfing.
The top and back are carefully jointed by hand, candled against a bright light for inspection, and when the joint appears perfect, quickly glued up with hot hide glue. Next will be final plate thicknessing and installation of the rosette. And away we go!