Mar 17, 2013
New Member - Jerry McGuire
Jerry is a mandolin maker from Hardy, Va. Learn more about him.
Brace Radius Jig
This is Larry's jig used to radius top and back braces. It's simply a template with some hold-downs and reference lines to make set-up easy. It's used at the router table with a flush trim bit.
Assembling the GoBar Deck
Howard Wilson's shop in Roanoke
Meeting highlights: Back bracing, stablize ziricote, bracing radius jigs, Jerry McGuire, ...
Back Bracing (Guitar for Vets Project)
We glued on the back center strip and while the glue was setting-up, we prepared the ladder bracing for the back.
We used Larry's 20' radius jig (left column)to match the desired curvature of the back. The braces were touched up on Howard's 20' radius dish.
When the back strip was set, the ladder bracing slots were chiseled out and the braces glued in using the go-bar deck.
Gary Hunt brought some Ziricote back from Belize for our Bookbag Santa project. Prior to the meeting, Larry milled the board (left column) for sides, headstock overlay, bridge, and fretboard.