The end caps on the heel and the peg head plates are the final additions until the finish is applied and bridge & tuners can be installed. Got both done today,
Ebony heel caps are cut out on the little bandsaw. Ebony to match the fret board.
I am cutting a piece of dark veneer to layer with a light piece under the heel piece. The goal is to meet and blend with the black/white purfling of the binding.
Pieces are laid out in the order they will be glued and stacked on the heel.
Just took the clamps off this heel. Now it will be faired in and the hook and heel shaped with rasp, scraper and lots of sanding. That job done, it is time to fit and glue on the spalted maple peg head plates.
Plates attached, Tomorrow there will be lots of shaping and sanding and when that is done the French Polish will begin. I think I started these three tenors just one month ago on the 22nd. Not bad progress, must be the quaranteen keeping my nose to the grindstone.