One thing to keep in mind, this is an instrument that has a flat back and top. That means you can use a table mounted router if you want.
My kerfing, fretboards, binding etc arrived today and I have a couple of questions if someone wouldn't mind helping an old man here.
(1) Should I let this kerfing acclimate to my shop for a week or two before installing it and moving forawrd? I am presuming it's okay to move forward but I want to do this right even if these aren't top of the line instruments.
(2) I ordered 2nd grade Indian rosewood fretboards from LMII and these look absolutely beautiful and I was wondering why they're considered 2nd grade?
As previously stated these are my first from scratch builds of any type of acoustic instrument although I have made (3) thinline/chambered tele style guitars from scratch that arent finished yet due to the fact I have nowhere to spray inside my home in MI with proper ventilation and the weather is turning here so I intend on finishing the thinline builds late spring or early summer 2014. This will allow me to paractice building my own necks for the thinlines as well over the winter and I am assuming that after I blow a few they will start coming out like they should. I am really into this to build acoustic instruments anyway's and I intend on finishing the resonator's with tru oil. I am really enjoying building these reso's and I had insinuated early on in this thread that they're not as complex as a fine acoustic due to top/back thickness not being as critical as the reso's primarily rely on the cone/spider and/or pot/baffles for sound reinforcement. I am staying with this claim and although there are details and many things to learn regarding building, setup, intonation etc on a reso I feel I made a sound desicion in beginning my journey into this wonderful art form with a from scratch reso.
Thanks for any and all advise whether I utilize or heed it or not. This forum along with a couple more I belong to are an invaluable learning resource for a man on a budget with a lot of common sense and a desire to learn :-)