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section plus 3/8" top and back plates will add up to a nicely proportioned
overall thickness of 13/4".
5) I glued one of the 3/8"-thick sets to the underside of the center section,
then after giving it a day to dry, glued the other to the top. Once that side
was dry, I rough-finished the edges on a router table using a flush-trim
bit. At Gibson, they make the rims of hollow and semi-hollow models by
steam-bending laminated strips of wood.
6) Part of a semi-hollow's magic is the tone that emerges from the
acoustic ports (a.k.a. sound holes). I experimented with positioning them
using printed templates.
7) Here's a mock-up showing symmetrically positioned f holes, for a
traditional look. Problem is, though, the bottom hole would interfere
with placement of the Volume and Tone controls.
8) The pilot holes at each end of the top helped me cut perfectly
circular ends for the sound holes and gave starting/stopping points
for the jigsaw. I shortened the end of the blade so it wouldn't contact
the back of the guitar.
9) After drilling holes for mounting controls, I milled the top and
back 3/16" on both sides to create a raised center section reminiscent of a