Bending sides is always a challenge. Mahogany is a tough wood to bend. This piece just didn't seem to want to, so it broke yet its mate bent grudgingly without breaking. Oh well!
Fortunately I have a pretty good supply of mahogany and I simply selected another piece, cut it into two sides and began again. This time I sanded it down a little thinner, or maybe it was just better wood, but it bent much more willingly. Took about an hour to cut it, trim it ,thin it, and mark it for bending
The result was two perfect sides for #139.
Next was shaping a couple of butt blocks and gluing them to the soundboards. But first I wanted to burn in the name, date and number so out came the old wood burning set from the days of making duck decoys.
You will have to peer through the sound hole to see these brands, We all like to sign our work.