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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:27 pm 
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So, being a noob, I assumed that the back strip on a guitar or ukulele was full thickness of the back. So that somehow you joined the two sides to the center strip with glue. But by poking around the internet, it sounds like people inlay that strip of wood rather than join it. Is that right? And I guess that's just like inlaying a rosette?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Actually it is easier to glue up the back panels with the strip between, then you just thickness it all down to your desired result. Strong, and perfectly in the center of the back every time.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:30 pm 
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I agree with Kevin. I started with the recommendation from Irving Sloane book on Classical Guitar Construction 40+ years ago and use a strip equal to the depth of the back. If I had one of those fancy end mills like John has, things might be different.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:34 pm 
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Kevin Sjostrand wrote:
Actually it is easier to glue up the back panels with the strip between, then you just thickness it all down to your desired result. Strong, and perfectly in the center of the back every time.


Thanks, again Kevin. :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:17 am 
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I always glue in between the plates unless I have to replace one during a conversion , then I use my inlay tool for that. Diane Kaufmann took pics of me doing that I think . Lets nudge her to post them

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