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Made some progress on the guitar this weekend, but not as much as I would have liked. 

Spent five hours Saturday sharpening eight chisels.  New chisels need to be sharpened.  They are ground at teh factory, but not really properly honed and polished.  They need to have the backs flattened, honed, and polished, as well as the bevels.  The backs take way more time than the bevels. Fortunately the backs only have to be done the one time, but as such, it is best to take the time to do them really well.  Even though I have had six of these for a couple years, they have never been properly sharpened.  So after this significant time investment, all eight chisels are now scary sharp!  I actually had a hard time putting two of them back in their plastic sleeves because they just effortlessly cut through the plastic.

Today was a slow day in the shop.  I spent most of the day cutting brace stock for the top and back braces.  Had to resaw the wood that I had in order to improve the grain angle within the pieces.  Now each piece has good vertical grain, even in the small 1/4" wide by 3/4" tall pieces. Now all teh brace pieces are ready for shaping.

Not sure if I will actually get the braces installed before next weekend or not.  I still have to notch the back reinforcement strip and radius and preshape the braces.

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