Chapter 8
Brace layout
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Using the template you have made from the instructions contained in Torres full sized plans, mark the locations of the braces. Wood grain direction and brace contours are shown in plan section 21. Fan brace grain is vertical to the plane of the top. Main braces are at an angle as seen in many old Spanish guitars. Use dry spruce, pine or fir for brace material. A good source of aged brace material is old wall studs from building demolition or remodeling sites. Trimmings from the top, before thinning is good for fan braces. Splitting the wood provides better braces. Using different wood species for braces will not harm the sound and may give you the ability to alter sound slightly using harder or softer woods.