The third tenor got boxed up yesterday (the back glued on) and so the next task is to carefully trim the overhanging backs flush to the sides of the instrument. This is done with a small router and a special bit that trims flush to the sides. It has a wheel at it's tip which prevents you from cutting into the side of the instrument.
Here is the East Indian Rosewood back almost edge trimmed. Notice the holder I devised to keep ukuleles steady as they are worked on. That simple little cam tightens the swinging arm against the uke and holds it tight. A handy jig to have on hand. Note the tiny chips all over the work bench. There is a bit of vacuuming needed after this operation.
Here they are, Boxed in and trimmed. The next task will be to rout out the space for the bindings and purfling, a delicate job, Then bending the bindings and attaching them.