A lovely day, Worked in the workshop during the morning, and played music all afternoon at Community Players practice, and at our usual Wednesday ukulele session with friends.. Here is what got accomplished.
Thinned this lovely East Indian Rosewood down to near its final thickness. I use coarse sand paper in the drum sander to thin the wood down quckly. Then will change the sand paper on the drum to a much finer grit to do the final sanding. This will be the back for Kent's tenor.
Before we can join Kent's back we must plane the joining edges perfectly flat. For that I use this ancient old plane. The steel in these old tools is wonderful and sharpens like a razor. I simply turn it over and clamp it in the bench vise. Now it is easy to run the wood over it, straightening the sides.
And here it is in the joining clamps.
I thinned the Sycamore sides and back down to near finish thickness, Will finish with finer sandpaper.
And I got the channels cut for the rope decoration around both sound holes. The holes get cut in later after the rope is bent and securely glued in.
Those channels are cut with a router and this device that faithfully follows around the plexiglas pattern.
The sound board is slipped under the plexiglas which is tightly screwed down holding the wood securely in place for the cut. It must be carefully positioned before the screws are tightened.