Now it’s time to shape the fingerboard. The ends have to be pre-shaped (they’ll be worked on more later), the strumming hollow, er, hollowed out, and the “arches” on the bottom ground in.
Then the fingerboard is glued to the soundboard:
Here’s a shot of the back/sides assembly:
While the fingerboard is drying, the mating surface of the box needs to be sanded straight, flush, and true:
With that done, here’s the top just before cutting to shape:
Here’s the profiled top just sitting on the box:
But before gluing it on, I have to sign the instrument. Easy to forget!
Real classy, huh? I need to make some labels…
Not the top is glued on:
And here it is with the edges trimmed more or less flush with the sides. It’ll be refined in the next step, which is sanding.