At first sight, the Bridge appears to be a complicated and difficult thing to make, but you will discover that it is quite simple when you begin to follow the sequence of operations. Once again, it is a matter of care and patience as in all the other aspects of guitar construction.
Stanley Doubtfire, Make Your Own Classical Guitar, 1981
I finished carving the wings on the bridge today and glued on the mother-of-pearl overlay on the chordal block. I also found out how hard mother-of-pearl is, it will quickly dull a plane, knife or card scraper edge and wears out sand paper pretty fast.
I sanded the bridge using some 220 grit, then 400 grit and followed that by burnished the whole thing with an old dish towel.
It has a wash coat of shellac on it, now you can see how pretty this piece of Indian rosewood is.
Monday, May 20, 2013
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