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This is the second half of the story, started in my last post, about making a rosette from spalted beech.

The next step was to cut the channels around the edge of the rosette to receive the border strips. Again, I used my jig mounted Dremel for this.

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Here the channels have been cut and the decorative strips bent more or less to the right curvature on the bending iron ready for glueing in.

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And here is the finished rosette, planed flush with the soundboard and given a wipe of shellac. I shan’t cut the soundhole until I’ve planed the soundboard down to it final thickness.

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4 Comments

  1. That is a beautiful rosette. It almost looks like an agate stone sliced through. Is the beech punky at all? I have worked some spalted maple that had gone a little too far and it was soft or spongy- the plane ripped the fibers to pieces. Nice work!

    • Many thanks for your kind comment. You’re right about the difficulty of working with spalted wood when the rot has gone too far. That’s why I stabilised it by glueing it to a thin plywood base. But I was lucky with this piece, which hadn’t gone too soft and wasn’t hard to plane level with the surface of the soundboard.

  2. What a beautiful rosette!. When you talked about using that piece of spalted maple in the previous post I didn’t imagine it with the strips, but it’s a nice touch. It brings out the beauty of that maple (BTW, I had never seen it before).

    • Again, many thanks for your generous comments.


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  1. […] Tagged bridge, classical guitar, dremmel, jigs, techniques Last week I made a bridge for the guitar that I’m building at the moment. Here’s a photograph taken while it was being French polished. It’s in Rio rosewood and the tie block is inlaid with a strip of spalted beech to echo the rosette that I wrote about a little while ago. […]

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