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How do YOU cut out your own rosettes?
Kevin Sjostrand

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Some of you guys have been cutting out your own rosettes. I have some nice walnut, and my macauaba that I would like to use in this way.
I have thought alittle bit about how I would go about it; probably using my dremel and circle cutter, but I bet some of you guys could give the rest of us a jump start on the best way to go about it.
Some questions
Do you start with the material already thickness, or cut out the ring thick and bandsaw down to thickness?

Do you use a circle cutter on your drill press?

Thanks for your experience and ideas!!!!


Jan 12, 10 | 3:15 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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I use the stew mac rosette cutter. I never had good luck on the drill press cutters.
john hall

Jan 12, 10 | 3:34 pm

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I thin the wood first. Then I cut. I've done it a couple of way. The dremel with circle cutter works well and is the easiest in my opinion.

With the fly cutter on a drill press you need to attach the wood being cut to a back that can be clamped down. On my first 3 attempts with the fly cutter, the rosette exploded doing the the second cut. It didn't matter if I cut the outer diameter or inner first. When I finally got one to not blow up, it broke removing it from the backing board. That was I went on to my second option, the dremel and circle cutter.

If you have never used a fly cutter (drill press circle cutter), you always need to clamp the item down. You can't get close enough with your hands to properly hold the iterm with out whacking your knuckles. At least that was my experiece.


Jan 12, 10 | 4:35 pm

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I have modified a little plastic dremel router base so I could make smaller circles with it (ran it thru a band saw and cut one side off, took a little plastic out of the middle and epoxied the pieces back together). Since then I have seen other router attachments that would probably be better. Route the channels before you cut the soundhole

In this case I am using an old timey looking "rope" rosette and binding, so I routed a channel in a piece of MDF and using heat and a little moisture, prebent the strip to fit the channel

Add the bwb pieces and put it all together. Everything stands a little proud of the top plate (btw, I bought this rope binding, but there is a really good article in the latest GAL American Lutherie about how to make it on a table saw)

If you are doing abalone rosette, this is when you laminate the little teflon strips to hold the channels for the pearl. Here is the rosette and binding all done - its pretty simple but I was trying to emulate what would have been on a 1930 Stella

Jan 13, 10 | 2:00 pm

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Freeman, that rope binding looks nice!

Jan 13, 10 | 4:58 pm

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