I use an outside mold and the labelled back is shown propped up in the sides and ready for the back brace pillars (offcuts of the kerfed lining).
Here's the back ready to be glued to the garland of sides using Titebond glue and my go-bar deck. I pad on the glue with a sponge.
Back being clamped using gobars. Pressure is applied right over the linings. Putting the back on first allows for good glue cleanup.
The top is also glued with Titebond. Here. the mold is placed on little legs to allow access for the clamps. They are just the spring component of dryer hose clamps and exert just the right amount of pressure, A strip of Masonite, rough side up, cushions the springs and keeps them from skidding onto the top.
When the glue is set, the springs come off in handfuls. The fun part.
And, the finished box. Now on to the much anticipated cutting of the binding rebates. I need a drink.
Photos courtesy of John Jones (client for this guitar)
Makeup courtesy of Dotty's Pet Grooming.