It takes as long to do the French Polish as it does to make the instrument but its acoustic qualities are worth it. The thinnest and best finish for superior sound.
this uke, heading to Florida soon, is almost finished. Just a few more applications, a few more days
after another French polish application lets turn to making some tentalones.
A large piece of bass wood is cut into long strips using the band saw, planer and thickness sander. 'then each strip is notched repeatedly on the band saw, and finally is shaped by hand with a sharp Exacto blade and a sanding block.
Holding the blade at an angle, the wood is shaped to a sloped angle and then sanded to its final shape
here is the final result, A tentalone to hold the instrument together, It takes four of them for a tenor ukulele