But first you have to admire my nice shot taken this foggy morning of the crow guarding my apple crop. Actually the crow is a fake, a flat metal crow that always sits over our raised bed garden behind the house. The apples are real, wonderful Jonagolds I have been growing in this espalier fashion for a number of years now. The tree gets a little larger each year, the crop a little larger every year. They are almost ripe to perfection. I have eaten three so far. Another week and they will be all picked.
Time to box them up. Here is the Brazilian/Englemann clamped up and drying. I got a nice fit on this. The process of trimming the braces, carving out a place for them among the tentalones is not an easy one. Think I finally have it figured out. Eager to see this out of the clamps. I think it will be a stunning uke.
You have to trim the braces to fit the shape of the uke. It takes some careful measuring, some judicious sawing with this very fine toothed exacto saw and then some careful clearing away of the excess wood and glue
Now that the braces on the back are trimmed to proper length you must cut a notch in the tentalones to accept them. First the saw
Here is the other side of the back with the braces marked where they are to be cut.
Then with these tiny tools I carve away the notch in the tent alone to accept the brace. Now the back will nest perfectly on the body and it is ready to add glue and box it up.