You've already seen some of the tools in a prior post, but here are a couple other shots of special stuff.
I've been diligent about taking progress photos along the way, so that if I undertake this process again, I'll have a leg up on the project. And, it's nice to be able to sit back and admire what these old hands have been able to accomplish along the journey.
Shaping the top and finishing the rosette around the sound hole on the outside surface was the first step.
Then came bracing on the inside of the top. I chose to replicate the Martin guitar pre-WWII scalloped bracing that was used on the D18s and D28s, because of the deep warm sound created from this arrangement. This process required a whole lot of research, and thanks to the web and a few vintage book stores I was able to find plans and helpful information.
Properly shaping and fitting the sides to the required dimensions is crucial to the overall design. If I screw this up the top and back will not fit properly, and the neck will not join the body correctly. Here's where the body jig comes into play. The shaped sides are placed into the body mold and carefully positioned on 'center' with the mold, and any excess material is then marked and cut to fit. Measure twice or three times, and cut once! There is no gluing it back together to get it right.
When the sides fit perfectly, thanks to the help of the spreaders I built, the heel and tail blocks are glued in place. Then the lining (kerf) is glued to the top and back inside edges of the sides, which is the surface on which the top and back are glued.
I'll post more photos with explanations as progress is made. So far, so good! I keep my fingers crossed so that anything unexpected is 'good'.