Well, I'm thrilled that they finally created a subforum for this sort of thing, though I guess it's old news now. Some pretty interesting stuff you guys have posted here. I thought I'd share some pictures (and text, if I have the time) of my current non-knife related project.
For those of you who haven't read any of my past guitar builds, I got into luthiery a couple years ago as a distraction from knife making. Boy is it working. I've finished 10 guitars, and almost done with my 11th, which is this one. It's a nylon string classical, to replace my best one which I sold a couple weeks ago.
I'm using osage orange (which grew in my backyard) for the back and sides, and the soundboard is Sitka spruce. The neck is mahogany, and the binding is curly maple. The bridge, fretboard, and rosette are desert ironwood.
This isn't going to be a real in depth thread, because I don't have the time right now, but hopefully some will find it interesting or helpful.
One of the first things I do is the rosette. This one is whatís called a radial rosette. Itís made by cutting a bunch of wedges of wood (desert ironwood burl, in this case), and gluing them to a sacrificial board with some black strips in between:
Then a router with a circle cutting jig is used to make it round on the inside and out:
Now the ring is cut free of the board:
Now the channel is routed out on the soundboard:
And the ring is glued in: