And now, mid French Polishing you must sand lightly using at least 1,000 grit sandpaper. takes off any high spots and after a couple of applications more they will be even shinier.
I am using wet and dry sand paper dipped into water with a bit of detergent in it. this keeps the sandpaper from being clogged. You wipe dry immediately after sanding, Shellac protects the wood.
Got the sides on 138. Tiger stripe maple with a Bear claw Sitka Spruce top. here it is in the clamps with most of the tentalones in place.
Now it is out of the Assembly jig and I have carefully measured and marked the heights and am planing down to my marks. 2 3/4 inches at neck and butt. 3 inches at the high spot just behind the waist. That puts a nice curve in the back.
With the assembly jig freed up it is time to trim the mahogany sides for # 139. I have carefully determined where to cut off the tail end. This fine toothed Japanese saw does the job perfectly.
Oh Yeah !, this is going to be a nice fit. It is so important to make a good bend on the hot pipe, then everything goes together easily.
With the sides for #139 clamped on I turned to some re-sawing on the band saw. Here are some really nice spalted maple pieces that I will use for peg head plates for future ukuleles. The spalted maple plates have been used on almost every one of my instruments, Kind of a trademark I guess. I love the wild markings and lovely colors when finished. Each one of them is different, but each will have the big g