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    Default side trimming sled

    This is the way I rough-trim my sides to depth. I cut at an angle on a band saw as shown, then sand parallel to the top from the tail to about midpoint on a belt sander, and finish with a radius dish fitted with sandpaper.

    This probably isn't a standard way to do this, but I've never seen how others do it.

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    Help me Ronda, that looks scary.
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    I just make e'm the correct size to start with..and leave a bit on for sanding on the radius dish.
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    You're a better man than I am Jerry!
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    Oops, I just realized that my building process is different than most and it makes a lot of sense to start with the right depth. I establish neck alignment early in the build (somewhat like building a classical guitar with a Spanish heel) and need extra stock both top and bottom to get the right neck alignment and body depth. The instrument in the picture has integrated neck and sides (no joint at all) and also requires extra stock.

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    Wouldn't work on a traditional shape with an arched back. Like Ken, I cut mine close to final shape before I bend, based on a template from a completed instrument.

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    I saw similar pictures on your website several years ago and marvelled at the way you were going about some of the construction methods that were so different from anything I had seen prevously. It's so refreshing to see someone coming at a problem / solution from such a different perspective. Obviously getting outstanding results to may I add.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hluth View Post
    Oops, I just realized that my building process is different than most
    I have all kinds of quirky things I do that probably wouldn't work for anyone else because I don't build like anyone else. If it works for your method of building that's all that matters.
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    That's a serious looking saw by the way. Laguna blade?

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    The blade is a Lenox 1" carbide.

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