Work began with the cutting of the shallow groove for the decoration around the sound hole. The top is firmly held under the acrylic guide screwed down to the plywood backing. The router is guided around the oval.
here is the result, a nice clean oval groove
Next is important to paint the grooves with shellac to seal the grain and prevent super glue from staining the wood when the decoration is glued in.
After bending the "Rope" on the hot pipe it is carefully tapped into the slot. The joint will be covered by the fretboard tip when the uke is finished.
Now comes the superglue which flows down, around and under the "Rope" trim.
After cutting an entry hole the sander is used to complete the sound hole.
Here are the basic parts for the two tenors, sanded to 180 grit on exterior surfaces. Tomorrow they will be turned over and sanded with 120 grit to final thickness.
And so it is pleasant to spend the evening before the fire checking over the almost finished Concerts I have been finishing.