May 23 2016
May 20 2016
At last–we have reached the final stage of construction. At the suggestion of the client, I rounded the peg head and attached it.
I always do the final sanding of the instrument by hand, because when the finish is applied, there’s no going back.
The bottom photo is the first coat of the hand-rubbed polyurethane. This was all done a few days ago; currently, the second coat is drying. Very soon, it will be time to add the strings and any finishing touches.
May 11 2016
May 02 2016
Apr 28 2016
Apr 27 2016
Apr 24 2016
Apr 11 2016
I have bookmatched the top and back, sanding both smooth. I didn’t include a picture, because it looks just like the bookmatching post earlier. The plan tonight is to cut the teardrop shapes on the top and back, continue to uniformly thin them down and install the gluing strips on the back.
I also added a 6.5 fret to Janice’s dulcimer.
Apr 08 2016
The gluing of these panels is decidedly inelegant, but effective. Note to self: I really should rebuild the book matching jig I used to have. At this point, I’m not sure whether this will be the top or the back. It’ll still need a lot of planing and sanding once the glue dries.
Apr 04 2016
The fret board is finished.
About the same time, however, my main computer crashed. The new Windows 10 would not boot up, nor repair itself, so it is currently “what’s on the bench”.