They are almost all made now. The shop floor is full of shavings from all the whittling it took to make 21 spruce tone bars for the new Kasha Bari. Here they are just sitting in their approximate positions before the whittling began. It gets a little confusing so each one gets cut to the proper length and numbered in this way. The excellent Hana Lima plan results in a really nice instrument.
Now that they are all shaped and sanded smooth it is time to begin glueing them on. I glue and clamp just a few at a time attaching all that my clamps can reach.
But first I must glue on the under the bridge patch because each tone bar partially attaches to it.
After a couple of hours the patch is set and I can start glueing on the tone bars. Note the red plastic straw used to scoop up any glue squeeze out. Cut a point in it and it works like a charm.
Here are the other parts awaiting their turn in the assembly process. Note the excellent bend on the sides. They will be a breeze to install. The Bubinga back is thinned to .080 and its braces made, The neck is tiger stripe Big Leaf Maple and because it can be a little unstable, I installed a carbon fiber rod like the one shown beside it. That baby is not going to bend.