Here's a look at some of the fiddly stuff. All of those white and black strips get glued up separately, some are first glued to each other then into place. This is before some light sanding, staining and varnishing.
Finished on the bench today.
This has been an interesting and very challenging project. Machining is typically letting the machine do the work, with the occasional hand file work; most of this it was meticulous hand work. Obviously, this isn't a normal guitar, and there's really no way I could have made it one without spending more money, time, and effort than it would take to buy all the same woods and make a guitar from bare wood. This seems like a good compromise.
I told the luthier who helped me out on the project that it had dampened my interest in making an acoustic guitar from scratch for myself. He laughed and said this was nothing at all like building a guitar. It's like a repair project that no sane guitar tech would ever do. Building a guitar from flat pieces of wood would be easy in comparison.
I'm still not looking to jump into doing one soon.
Thanks again to Raven, who donated the wood for the side, and practice pieces. From his own tree, no less! The quilted figuring in maple is said to occur only in Western Big Leaf Maples and is truly beautiful. It's really reminiscent of the look of the gemstone called tiger's eye (or tiger eye).