I began the day by routing the slots for the bindings. That is always a bit of a stressful project, but it went beautifully and quickly. Then I selected the binding that would look good with this Mahogany, set up the hot pipe, and bent the bindings. Here is the first one glued to half of the top. The next binding waits it's turn
Before long I had all the binding fitted, glued and taped in place. The long clamp holds both ends highly compressed where tape will not go.
After dinner I was back in the workshop removing the tape. The glue had been curing for three hours, and that was plenty.
As the tape came off I was very pleased with the results. Tight fit all around the sides.
And on top and bottom as well. this is apt to be a good looking instrument.
Then, to top off the day, the mail brought me two sets of lovely Port Orford cedar. One for a tenor soundboard, the other for a Baritone. My fellow luthier, Jon Dale of Jupiter Ukuleles and I trade wood now and then. He has a source for this relatively rare wood near his home in Pennsylvania, Oddly, Port Orford grows only in Oregon-so this will be well traveled wood by the time it gets built into a ukulele or two.