“The Edward” – making the top

The making of the top goes generally along the same lines as the back. We join the two pieces of spruce and trace the outline from the rib assembly. The outline is cut, shaped and a purfling platform is established.

The purfling channel is then cut, the purfling installed and the outside arching shape is carved.

Finally, we turn the plate over and gouge out the inside. Using planes and scrapers, we thin the plate until it has a uniform thickness of about 3.5mm.

The next step is to tune both the top and back plates. Then we will cut the f-holes and install the bass bar in the top.

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