After the top was thickness planed, I cut out the basic shape about an 1/8th of an inch oversized using the rim as a guide. I used a paper template to line up and center the sound holes and draw out where the bracing would go.
Cutting the Soundholes
Notching the Bracing
I cut the bracing from the larger spruce bar meant for guitar bracing and then fit the two braces together. I fit the bars length to fit within the outline of the kerfed lining. Usually the bracing would run all the way to the sides, but that didn't seem to practical with this design due to its size.