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    Nice work! It's looking good.

    John Colter

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    Yes, it's coming along nicely, bb.

    The transverse braces appear to be Spruce … what wood type are the fan braces? (they seem to be quite a bit darker).

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    Thanks guys; still having fun. I'm not sure what wood the fan braces are, and the instructions don't say. But I suspect the dark edges are from laser-cutting(?). The bridge plate has very straight grain, maybe cedar.
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    Braces trimmed and body sides notched, ready for glueing:
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    In the second photo (above) the table top took me by surprise - until I remembered that the back isn't on yet!

    Senior moment!

    John Colter

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    Back getting glued on, and top later today. Starting to get excited about seeing a complete body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beerbelly View Post
    Thanks guys; still having fun. I'm not sure what wood the fan braces are, and the instructions don't say. But I suspect the dark edges are from laser-cutting(?). The bridge plate has very straight grain, maybe cedar.
    All bracing is spruce as is the bridge plate. Probably from rejected billets for spruce tops. That's why they look so gnarly I suspect. The dark stuff is probably just from burns from sawing.

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    Top getting glued on:
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    Body completed, frets & side dots installed. The fretboard is a REALLY nice piece of ebony.
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    Mocked up:
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