As a few of you may know, number 1 is getting really close and I've been collecting parts for build #2:
The top is Carpathian spruce courtesy of knockwood and the tap tone on this stuff is phenominal. It's got a kick like a bass drum and I've only just begun to plane it thinner. The back and sides are east Indian rosewood from RC Tonewoods. The neck I got from John Hall at Blues Creek Guitars. It's cut from a single piece of mahogany and was probably intended for something like an OM-28V; the profile is a modified V, the nut width is 1-3/4" and the heel is not as tall as a dreadnought.
Speaking of which, I will be building a dreadnought akin to a HD-28V or D-28 Marquis. The neck is short scale and I want to keep it simple by doing a 14 fret dreadnought so I'll have to shift the X braces forward. As far as I know, Maritn has only done this with one model, the recently discontinued D-18 SS. This will have 28 series appointments though. including grained ivoroid binding and zig zag back strip. I'm still on the fence about herringbone purfling though; I'm going with a herringbone rosette just like on my D-16GT:
I went ahead and order the plans from Stew Mac:
So without further ado, the other night I used my no,5 jack plane to shoort the joint and I glued the two havlves of the soundboard together with Titebone I. I used Kinkead's method of using nails and weights to provided the clamping pressure:
Then tonight I took it out, sharpen the plane to scary sharpness and starting making ribbons of spruce all over hte basement floor. It was MUCH more satisfying that using the drum sander, as I did with my first build. There's also something supremely satisfying about a how a properly sharpened plane will just slide across a surface! :