Wednesday, September 28, 2016
After fitting the back braces to the sides I grind away at the body with my radius dish. It looks rather threatening compared to the tiny uke shell, but its weight really helps.
Then, with a suitable insert undee the neck at the nut end, I get screws and cauls out.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Glueing the backs is easy. I just pare the heel down so it's flush with the body on two of the resos, then use them as clamping cauls for each other. I had a layer of fleece fabric as padding between the backs, and sent a thought of thanks to the me who wrote "B, INSIDE" on the backs so I knew which went where.
A monster not with two backs, but two faces. A Janus uke, anyone?
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Stopped attaching the neck at the last minute when I remembered I promised you binding on this one. I went with a plain black single ply binding strip, to match the plain black rosette I made. I started by scoring the width and the depth with a marking gauge and my home made gramil.
As always when using the gramil I consider doing the whole job with just that but I caved and went with the router.
After nipping out to the cottage, as I'm sure you see by the background and the daylight.
I set the router for a wee bit deeper than the binding width and planned to scrape the sides down to the strip. That way I can get a consistent width all way round, which is really important for thin binding.
Then I cleaned the rabbet best I could with a chisel, and then glued in the binding strip.
Then scraping the binding down to the top, and then the sides down to the binding. I don't have pics of the last step. As you may see the oven was getting warm, dinner was had and the final steps were taken at the dinner table after dessert.