Now that the lacquer is all done being applied:
I can finish assembling the instrument. First, the tuners:
Before I string it up, I need to apply a coat of fingerboard oil:
While that’s soaking in, I work on the nut and saddle:
Also need to install the hitch pins:
I made a trip to Woodburn Indiana today to buy the tuners and strings from a company called Folkcraft. Great folks (bad pun intended) and it’s nice to have them close enough to pick up stuff.
I use a razor saw to cut the slots for the strings:
Sounds pretty good! I probably need to tweak the string heights, so when I do, I’ll try to post a video or sound clip.
The nut and saddle also need their sharp corners rounded over.