June 18, 2008

I’m applying the top braces in the order recommended in Cumpiano.  First bridge plate, then uppermost thin brace then side braces.  X brace will be last after side braces are shaped and sanded.  I shaped the tapers of the braces on the bandsaw in pairs to give exact matches of tapers on like braces.  I used a french curve to pencil in the tapers for a clean swoop.

Next, I’ll use the finger plane to crown the side braces before installing the X brace.