Seems like every time I get to the French Polish stage I have to start another build cycle. I have decided to make three more Concert Pinecones, cuz the last three were so much fun to build.
Before I got too far into the French Polish I wanted to get the little backing plate that goes behind the nut installed.
I glue a thin piece of hardwood in the notch to protect the Peg head plate and to add a little fillip to the looks. Here the glued pieces are wedged into position.
Next you want to plane the strip down to the level of the Peg Head. Easy to do with this super sharp and super sensitive luthier's plane. A wonderful tool!
Here they are, complete but for the bridge. That comes after the finish is complete, so now its lots of French Polishing. I am just about finished with the polish on the tenors. So in the background you can see the rough parts of the next build being assembled. Spruce tops, maple backs and walnut necks ready for refinement.