A BUSY DAY
The day began with filling the pores of the East Indian Rosewood of the "triplets" and beginning the French Polish.
The munica is dipped into a little pumice shaken onto the paper. Alcohol is dripped on it to clear the pumice and then with lots of vigorous circular rubbing the abrasive pumice scrapes shellac and tiny bits of wood into the pores . This results in a smooth surface and a shiny instrument.
After the pumice wood dries for an hour or so it is time to begin the French Polishing. 8 drops on the munica, then three drops of alcohol, a drop of olive oil, and the loaded munica is rubbed vigorously over the wood and the finish is begun.
The clamping device was busy gluing together the two pieces of one Sitka Spruce top and a tiger stripe maple back.
The soundboards for 138 and 139 got their decorative purfling to surround the sound hole. The stain is just some shellac to prevent the thin super glue holding the purfling in from soaking down the grain and staining the wood. The hole gets cut out tomorrow.
The sides are thinned and trimmed, one back is thinned, The soundboards are progressing and the necks are rough cut. A very good beginning.
One of the triplets got its first application of French Polish and is already showing a little shine.
5/28/2020 01:01:03 am
It was not until last night Brian that I realized this phone is auto correcting certain words ie ukulele to yukulele. Well you can imagine how embarrassed I was. Not to worry as I am already over it.
5/28/2020 08:27:07 am
Alan, the triplets will indeed go out the door first. In about two weeks. I usually begin a new build when the prior build reaches the French Polish stage.
5/28/2020 09:09:39 am
I was pretty sure the Triplets were bound to hit the road before the next batch gets going. The best part is that #138, #139 and maybe even #140 will receive the same wonderful treatment when their turns arrive.
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