carving question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by J_Wig, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. J_Wig

    J_Wig Junior Member

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    Feb 22, 2008
    got my top glued on today and was wondering if there was anything special on where to start carving?
  2. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones V.I.P. Member

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    Apr 8, 2007
    Focus on large sweeping strokes with your scythe. Be careful on the flamier parts because you run the risk of shooting the body like a hockey puck across the shop.
    When I don't feel up to the scythe, I use finger planes, and just work diligently until I get there. 2 tips.
    1) When you cut a channel for the binding (You will want to do this before you carve. Also cut the neck and pickup angles into the top before you carve too), cut a channel for where the top of the binding ends. This will be your carving guide.
    2) carve more off the "belly" than you think.

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