WHEW! it was a long day, but I got a lot done. Take a look.
First project was to finish gluing on the last of the tone bars. Takes 2 hours for the glue to dry, so on to other projects. I always put thin veneer patches behind vulnerable places, like the sound hole, and the glue joints joining backs or sourdboards.
this is a sheet of thin, but tough maple veneer ready to be cut into the patch around the sound hole. The grain of the patch must be opposite the grain of the soundboard.
The invaluable exacto knife is used to cut out the ovals. just a sharp pair of scissors cuts the rest i always insert a new blade when I start another build. I love exacto blades.
I only needed two, but while you are at it make a few for the next build. This will last me for awhile.
By now the tone bars were set and it was time to glue down the strips over the glue joints.
'then a bit later i shaped the butt blocks and got them glued and clamped.
And about 5;00 pm I got the sides on the 'Sunburst' but I didn't get a picture, too pooped and needed a martini..
I have two different backs of East indian Rosewood for the bodies of these two ukes like the one i built for Stu Fuch's. Which do you like better. One is for Gary, and he gets first choice having ordered his first, The other for Sandy, I think both are beautiful, Which would you choose?