After looking at the maple cap, and the split that appeared, I decided that it was not a write-off after all. Yes there is a crack, but a very small amount of filler will make it all but invisible. So – on with the binding channels and the carved top.
First step was to cut the channels for the binding in the top of the guitar. A simple enough operation with a router cutter designed for the job.
And then, the tricky bit. Carving the top.
I followed a technique I had read about on various forums which involved routing away the bulk of the material in steps. Here’s what the first couple of steps look like.
And then it was out with various rasps, files, chisels, gouges and tiny planes to get the shape a little more refined.
The rough shape is there, and I couldn’t wait to see what it might look and feel like when sanded,
Of course, there’s a bit more work to do refining the shape now that I can feel what’s what. There are a few lumps and bumps where there shouldn’t be so that’s my job for this week. Then,. more neck work.