Fine sanding the Cedar top.

After the glue has set for over 24 hours, I remove the joined top from the jig. Using my favorite tool, the scraper, I micro plane the top to remove the glue squeezeout and level the top. To sand the middle of the top to the desired 130/1000″, I use a random orbital sander with 150 grit sandpaper. I frequently measure the thickness of the top using the caliper jig. The perimeter areas of the top will reach 110/1000″. With the middle of the top thicker than the perimeter, the top can act like a speaker cone – it has strength and elasticity. The next step is to draw the outline of the guitar on the Cedar and begin planning the rosette. I also have been squaring the headstock and I drew the headstock outline on the top of the neck. I am waiting for delivery of the Waverly tuners before I proceed any further with the neck.

Using the scraper to micro plane the Cedar top.

Using the scraper to micro plane the Cedar top.

The outline of the headstock shape drawn on the neck.

The outline of the headstock shape drawn on the neck.

Random orbital sanders are efficient tools - all you have to do is guide them.

Random orbital sanders are efficient tools – all you have to do is guide them.

MDR-

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