I've built a few parlour guitars over the last few years and all have gone out the door so when I picked up a yew board last week I made the decision to try and keep one - for me.
The yew board cut up nicely I managed to get 2 parlour sized back pairs, 2 triple O back pairs and 2 pairs of sides. I know where to get more yew for the other 2 side sets so that's enough B&S's for four guitars I had to make a deep ripping fence for the bandsaw and take things slowly but the book matching looks good and surface finish from the saw is even. Each piece ended up 4.5 - 5mm thick and I've already joined one of the parlour back plate pairs and will run them through the sander tomorrow.
Well done Francis, re-sawing is a very satisfying process in itself isn't it. I do like yew for back and sides, if you remember I used it for the 2014 composition competition guitar that Mike Floorstand won, I've also used it on a couple of lutes. Pairs well with cedar or redwood.
I will be following your build of a parlour guitar with much interest, the Yew back looks wonderful.
I am also quite interested in understanding a bit better how someone approaches the cutting up of a board to achieve the blanks for back and sides? I've always wondered, given the dimensions (width and height) of the back and sides being quite different, how people decide how best to dice up wood to maximise yield but to also maintain good colour and pattern match. Is there a science to it, is it an art or does it tend to be a suck it and see?
Really looking forward to seeing this one progress Francis - that yew looks wonderful.
Have you decided on the top wood yet?
Soundboard - Western Red Cedar - mock-up 1:
If timber cuts well then I'd like to use some of the yew for the bridge and for the rosette inlays. Piece shown for the bridge will be the final - if it cuts OK. Inlays around rosette are random areas not intended as final.
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