ALL SIX OF THE SOPRANO pinecones are boxed up now. It is always fun to see instruments in full dimension. Now I must fair the curve of the back into the side of the uke. It takes a bit of time with an orbital sander and a fine rasp but it is kind of fun mating the back with the rest of the instrument as gracefully as possible. I do the rasp work on the carving hold made just for these pinecones.
Note the just glued ukes in the background. I clamp them together with these long and strong rubber bands that exert a huge communal clamping pressure on the back/instrument joint.
You see the fret boards in the foreground. They are ripped to a width of 2 inches, sanded to a thin as possible thickness, and ready to go to the table saw to have the fret grooves cut. In the background are a couple of ukes ready for fretboards, one uke just out of the rubber bands needing the joint faired, and three ukes still in the rubber band clamps joining back to top. Making good progress. I am getting excited to play one of these cuties.