AND THESE LITTLE PINECONES are looking good. The sides went on easily and well, The neck slots were cut just right which makes inserting the sides easy, the turtle did it's job, using the Irwin clamps rather than the old barrel clamps was a big time saver. So here is a picture of a uke with sides on and tentalones being installed on the bottom to glue the carved back to. This is the easy side as you don't have to cut around the braces, just glue them on standing a hair proud and hold them on with these rubber band reenforced clothe pins
Six instruments each at a different stage of development makes quite a mess on the worktable
out of all that chaos comes completion of the first body, now almost ready for it's back. I will have to trim up the overlap of the top, sand the back surface perfectly flat to accept the back, and do lots of sanding, but this is a significant goal reached. All six of the pinecones now have their sides and by tomorrow all of the tentalones will be installed. Then I will start carving backs.