Continued from Part 1 - The Poplar Burl top has now been glued to the Black Limba body, with a piece of black veneer sandwiched in between. The next step is to cut the body to shape.
After rough cutting on the bandsaw, the body is trimmed to size using a router. The spiral cutter leaves a very good finish, the edges only require a few passes on the spindle sander and some light hand sanding.
Next, I drill the holes for the 3-way switch + volume/tone controls and then route the rear control cavity.
With the sides on the body sanded smooth, I can now route the edge profile. The top is routed with a 45 degree bevel, and the back is routed using a 1/2'' roundover, apart from the inside of the horns, which are routed with a chamfer and then blended into the rounded sections by hand.
After routing, I use a spokeshave to carve out a bevelled armrest, followed by some shaping with an Iwasaki file and sandpaper.
The carve on the rear of the body is done in a similar fashion.. I sketch out a rough outline and then start removing the waste with chisel, before switching to various rasps, files, scrapers, etc, until I'm happy with the shape of the contour.