The top is end-glued and set aside while I work on the ribs. My Strad model inside form is different from the full-thickness form I was using for the previous works. I'm finding the French-style square block notches more difficult to work with than the L-shaped notches of the Guarnerius form. Next one, I'll go back to L-notches.
Some preliminary test carving of cedar shows it's more prone to tear-out under the blade and scraper than spruce. I'll have to use the sandpaper more than I'm happy with.
The walnut sides are proving to be more of a PITA to bend than maple. It's more grainy and the temperature it takes to bend is uncomfortably close to charring, even with soaking. The bending pressure is also higher: I broke a couple before I got the knack of it. It has to be worked very thin in the tighter curves otherwise the grain tends to buckle on the inside of the bend. It's a different wood.
My new bending iron (old one was a propane torch inside a steel pipe) is working out well. It is a $6, 3/8" heating element packed tightly with aluminum foil inside a galvanized 3/4" pipe stub ($4, Home Depot) powered with a $6 motor speed controller from ebay. Mounted on a plywood box with pipe flange, $4 at Lowe's. Took a while to find the right knob setting but after that it doesn't need any fiddling with - so to speak...
Edited by - 46davis on 06/17/2021 09:00:26
looks good , some good ideas there
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