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Here's what I have:

PRS body shape

2 piece ash body

3-piece 1/4" bloodwood cap

Here's what's going to happen:

carved top

black binding


Here's the question:

Do you cut the f-hole before gluing the cap on?

It seems that it'd be a LOT easier if the f-hole was cut first. The shavings would basically be stuck in the cavity unless you turned it upside-down and managed to shake them all out. If the hole is bound, I can't see a great way to get it even with the cap on. The major issue I see is carving it with the hole already there.

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Rough cut out f-hole. Have I mentioned that I LOVE my scroll saw? :D


And after a few minutes with my Dremel.



I figure now I sand it up to 100-150, then glue it on. The edges will still be able to be finessed without any signifivany ammount of dust getting into the chamber. If nothing else, I can tape it off.

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