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.