Closing the box

At this stage, the guitar is operated on face down on the workboard, until the insides are finished and the back can be fit and glued on.

Wedges are cut from a block of Spanish Cedar.

The wedges are inserted to tightly fill the neck slots, two on each side.  The second one has some glue applied and is tapped in with a hammer. 

These are side reinforcement strips.  A tentellone is grafted onto a strip so that the reinforcement runs the full width of the side.

Gluing a reinforcement to a side with a couple of clamps and a special caul.

Closeup of a tentellone (glue block).  It takes 2-3 hours to glue in each one of these individually, to form the lining joining the sides to the soundboard.  I press them in for about 20 seconds each, long enough for the glue to take hold.   I opt to use tweezers over the more traditional ice pick.

After the glue has dried on the tentellones, it's time to plane the contour of the sides.

The Spanish foot/heel block gets planed down with a low angle block plane.

Notching out reverse-kerfed Mahogany linings to fit over the side reinforcements.

Hanging it out to dry.

Sanding down the rim with a radiused sanding block, which matches the curve of the back braces.

According to the label, I'm up to guitar #72!

The back is placed on the rim in order to mark the position of the braces on the linings, which are then notched out to accommodate them.

Everything's ready...

For the big moment...

And the box is closed.