Greek Bouzouki Construction Blog
This is my Greek Bouzouki Construction Blog. I will be posting pictures and an explanation of how I design and make my instruments. I will also be covering other Greek bouzouki topics related to purchase, proper set up, and playing accessories. Please stop by often, and feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Adding the braces to the top

Tapering soundhole reinforcement

The braces are glued to the underside of the top.  Glue in the top seam reinforcement (a thin strip of bracing wood with grain running perpendicular to the grain of the top).  Glue in the soundhole reinforcement plate.  Some makers install the plate so that the grain runs parallel to the grain of the top, however, I install the plate like classical guitar makers, with the grain running perpendicular to the top.  This provides better strength with a thinner plate.  Taper the edges of the plate so that they blend into the top.

Glueing ladder braces

Glue the ladder braces in place with hot hide glue.

Cutting out soundhole

Cut out the soundhole with a deep throat coping saw and bevel the inside edge of the soundhole and reinforcement plate.  

Completed braces

Carve the braces into a tall elliptical shape and taper the ends.  The braces can then be tuned.  Sand the braces.  The top is then set aside in a safe place where the soft wood will not be scratched or marred.

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