1st Acoustic Kit Build

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joseph d
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Made a quick, down and dirty clamping caul...worked pretty good.
Took the clamps off the back this morning. A little glue clean up and I think I can move on to the top.
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Kevin Sjostrand
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Nice clean work, your top bracing is top notch!
joseph d
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Thanks Kevin!
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Found some time over the long weekend to glue the top on. I think I used to much pressure clamping the top around the neck block, have some dimples to sand out. Also once I got it out of the form I noticed a slight dimple in the side up at the top bout. Actually have a matching one in the exact spot on the lower bout too but less pronounced. I'll get these sorted and then gonna move on to the binding.
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I've heard you can steam out dents in spruce. I haven't tried it myself though. You might avoid thinning your top more than you would like though.
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I have steamed out some small dents. Wet a cloth and wring it out. Heat up an iron. Place the damp cloth over the dent and press the iron over for a few seconds. Check and repeat as needed.
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joseph d
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Thanks everyone that help a lot! Top is looking good now. The one think I'm trying to figure is why the sides ended up with the slight dimples in the bouts. I know what caused the marks in the top. As far as I could tell everything was up tight against the mold...maybe I had too much pressure on the waist expander caul IDK.
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Ok seal the top with a real thin shellac.
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Got the end wedge in, routed for the back binding and routed for the herringbone. Going to install the herringbone and then route for the top binding I think..
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