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Comment by Alan Roberts on July 4, 2011 at 12:57am

Some definitions here. A "spline" is a very thin patch of wood that is glued on the inside of the instrument's back, covering and reinforcing the joint between the the two pieces that make up the back. I am calling the braces that are attached to the back of the guitar "bouts" (though that isn't quite correct) to avoid confusion to the bracing on the soundboard.

The spline is a thin (1/16) piece of mahogany cut with the grain running PERPENDICULAR to the length of the wood. This gives it a large amount of flexibility, but makes it very fragile until it's glued up. Here's a close up showing how I've taken the top corners off by sanding them to a 45 degree angle on the shooting board. banged my knuckles a few times, I'll come up with a jig next time.

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