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Construction -Graduation
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Lines of graduation are laid out on the inside of the top and back, using whatever configuration one may want to try.
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A typical setup for drilling a series of guide holes in the top and back, using a drill press with a solid depth gauge.  The metal shims (bottom left) help set the depth for various lines of graduation. I had the opportunity to cut into a top carved using this technique many years ago.  It’s hard to imagine obtaining a more even or more accurate result.


 

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Carving down toward the bottom of the guide holes. Near the rim, the holes barely touch the wood.

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Time to switch to scrapers and sandpaper.

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As mentioned previously, scrapers do well on the final clean-up of figure maple.