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I’ve been toying with the idea of making a parlor guitar for a long time, but never got around to it. I figured it was about time to get on that…

I posted the rosette making a long time ago so I won’t post on it again – my rosette making process can be found in this post (click here).

I started with this rather large block of mahogany. When I got it, this was 12 feet long – I wasn’t sure exactly what it was until it was later identified by my buddy Jon as Sipo (it is not Sapele).

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After cutting it was sent off to Exotic Woods to be sliced up into backs and sides; this whole block was perfectly quartered. The tree it came from must have been enormous. Next up – components. Ebony fretboard; some Khaya for the neck and tail blocks.

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My rosette mold, plus the rosette itself being made in the mold.

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I’m skipping some steps here because I’m a bit ahead (I didn’t take pictures the whole way along before deciding to add this to the blog) – here is the side bending process. I use a heating blanket to bend the sides (which I got from LMI); it’s a simple 6″ thick laminated plywood mold with springs to aid in side bending, modeled after the fox bender.

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After bending:

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In the mold; I added kerfing. I make my own kerfing – sorry, no pics. It’s easy to do – the cuts are made using a fret slotting saw (I use a radial arm saw with StewMac fret slotting blade, but you can also do this by hand). Also pictured is the cross-grain spruce used as the center seam brace for the back (pictured here resting on the back, which has already been joined).

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That’s all for the moment…

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