I am building a GL-00 guitar for Don F. Don makes ukuleles and Cigar Box guitars. He will also be helping me with this build. He has chosen Australian Blackwood from Tasmania for the sides, back and top of this guitar. Neck will be South American Mahogany. Bindings, back strip, fret board, bridge and head plate will be Ebony. We will be creating custom inlays for the fret board and head plate.
About 12 years ago I bought several sets and flitch matched boards of Australian Blackwood from a dealer in Tasmania. The sets have spectacular flame figure. In the picture below, I have cut the sides and marked them for bending:
Thinning the sides to 0.085"
Bending with my Fox bender. Because this wood has so much figure it is necessary to treat the wood before bending. I spray the sides with 'Windex with ammonia D' and wait 24 hours before attempting the bend.
Bending went well. Both sides in the building form in the picture below:
Heel block and tail block installed
Installing kerfed lining. top and back will later be glued to the lining
Sanding 30' radius on back sides and kerfing
Gluing side reinforcement
Joining the sound board book matched pieces
The piece below (I call it the 'Hat') will be mated with the sound hole area of the top.
'Hat' (Maple) mated with the sound board
Sound hole cut and rosette with abalone ring, inlaid. The 'Hat' gives us a nice 'bound' look to the sound hole and provides extra strength
Using a smoothing plane to get the back pieces to mate