Documentation of my trials and travails as a self-taught luthier working on a shoestring budget.
There is a taper from the back to the front on the back side of the instrument. The side assembly is held in the mold gently by the turnbuckles and the taper is achieved by planing.
Back reinforcing strip ready to be glued. The strip is made from an offcut of the soundboard so that the grain is cross in relationship to the joint. The surface has just been wiped with denatured alcohol prior to being glued. The back and sides are East Indian rosewood, which is an oily wood. Freshly planed and wiped joints glue up best with oily woods.
Soundboard joined and planed to thickness. The outline of the final shape, as well as bracing pattern has been drawn on.
Back reinforcing strip glued on and the edges have been rounded over with a plane and sandpaper.