I have been doing lots of sanding lately, getting the bindings down even with the other surfaces, sanding all surfaces, and using that little finger plane in a few spots.
One of the great challenges is getting the binding and purfling up tight to the body at the waist. To do it successfully so there is no gap you must get a good bend when you bend the bindings. I am happy to say these ukes have zero gap at the waist.
Here is the tight grain juniper uke with the spalted maple rosette. I think it is going to be a beauty.
And tonight I fitted the fretboard on the Redwood/Rosewood and glued it on. A big step towards completion. Next step on that uke will be the final shaping and sanding of the neck. That strange stripe along side the sound port is a shellac drip. I put a protective coat of shellac on the soft redwood top and dribbled a bit over the side.