European Birch came from Finland. I love it.
Andy sent me the wood from Finland. I find it just awe inspiring
I built a tenor for him with it. It looked and sounded superb. Now I am making this one for myself. It is already looking wonderful and the French Polishing has just begun. I am very excited to hear it. This will be a keeper- Meanwhile, in the shop Lila's concert is complete and it's French Polishing has begun.
The bridge is just set on the uke in the approximate position. It will be permanently attached when the French Polish is completed. This concert has an Englemann Spruce Top and Quilt Maple body. Gonna be pretty.
All prepared to install the frets in Matt's Ebony fretboard. The frets are cut, the glue and hammer are ready and I am going to tap them in on the steel surface of my table saw. An unlikely work table perhaps but I have found that the hard and unyielding steel top makes the dead blow hammer far more effective driving in the frets.
Once they are tapped in with the hammer each fret is pressed in firmly with the arbor press. The press plate has a 12 foot radius, the same as the fret board.
Finished, two frets omitted and will be installed after the fret board is glued to the uke. Tiny holes have been drilled into the empty fret slots so that brads can be driven through them into the neck to assure proper positioning of the fretboard during gluing.