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side brace demensions

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What are good dimensions for side braces? I think the stewmac plans call for .25 wide but don't mentions thickness. Another guitar I built called for 3/8 thick by 9/19 width. I am going off of LMI plans, they just mention cloth. Opinions?

Jan 05, 08 | 9:40 am

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I use cloth. Its actually called 'bias tape' and is available in sewing stores like Joann's. I run it from edge to edge under the kerfed linings. I'm not sure that it makes any real difference. Both will keep cracks from spreading.

Jan 05, 08 | 4:55 pm

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I have been using cloth on my last 3 guitars. I make a 50/50 mix of LMI white glue and water, dip the cloth strips in and glue them on. I cover the dried strips with a coat of shellac. The reason I switched from wood to cloth is for the same reason jhowell stated, I can easily get them tucked under the linings and they keep cracks from spreading.

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Jan 05, 08 | 5:58 pm
Ken Hundley

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They are sometimes called popsicle stick braces.....good indication of approximate dimensions....they do not need to be very thick, just perpendicular grain to the sides, and wide enough to contain a crack....1/4" or so.

Jan 05, 08 | 11:47 pm

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Mine are popsiclesticks made from old cedarcigarboxes. Dimensions: 1/3"x 1/8". No cracks spotted yet. Maybe superb sidebracings, maybe pure luck. Who knows.

Jan 06, 08 | 1:47 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Ken The Popsicle brace is the one between the truss rod brace and the neck block. This was added in modern time to the Martin guitar. If you want to use Martin spec on a side support brace they are 5/8 inch by .060.
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Jan 06, 08 | 8:22 am

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