…Bracing the soundboard…

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After the rosette is sanded flat and sound hole cut out then the top can be braced.

The braces are glued on and carved in three stages. It is easier to carve them unobstructed before the next ones are glued. First the flat soundhole and finger braces, then the curved upper and lower face braces, and finally the x-braces are glued on and carved.

The ends of the soundhole braces are left 1/8″ thick to butt up against the upper face brace and the x-braces.

The x-braces are usually left uncarved until just before the body is ready to be assembled.