Here's the inlay, all sanded down:

The next thing I ended up doing was to make a "backstrap" (I just learned today that's what you call it) — a veneer overlay on the back of the peghead. Some people do this for looks, others to thicken up a somewhat too-thin peghead. The latter was my reason.

In sanding the back of the peghead, I had sanded it a little too thin, about 1/16" too thin. It would have been okay, but the more I looked at it, the more I wasn't happy with it. So I bent a piece of rosewood to match the curved volute I had already sanded into the back of my peghead (bending it to match was no easy task!), glued it on, and trimmed it up. Here it is:

Later, when I use the belt sander to sand the rounded shape of the volute, it will look much better. Oh, yeah — and I still need to drill the tuner holes into the backstrap wood.






Finally, I glued the fingerboard onto the neck:


I guess I'll start carving tomorrow!


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  1. Planning
  2. A Little Change in Plans...
  3. Back Braces
  4. Carving the Back Braces & Cutting the Top Braces
  5. The Rosette / Tapering the Fingerboard
  6. Bracing the Top
  7. Carving the Braces / Gluing the Soundhole Braces & Bridge Plate
  8. The Finished Top and Back!!! / Cutting and Bending the Sides
  9. Fixing Cupped Sides / Making Spreaders & Clamping Cauls
  10. Neck and Tail Blocks
  11. Sanding the Radius into the Sides / Gluing the Kerfing Strips / Side Reinforcements
  12. Fitting & Gluing the Back
  13. Fitting & Gluing the Top
  14. We Have a Soundbox Now!!!
  15. Bending and Routing for Bindings
  16. Gluing the End Wedge & Bindings
  17. Scraping the Bindings
  18. Beginning the Neck
  19. The Neck, Continued!!!
  20. The Neck, Day 3
  21. Peghead, Tuners, Dots, & Frets!!
  22. Peghead Inlay
  23. Backstrap & Gluing the Fingerboard
  24. Carving the Neck / A "Duh!" Moment / Side Dots / Preparing for Finish
  25. Pore-Filling and Sealing
  26. Spraying the Top Coats
  27. Finishing the Finish / Gluing on the Neck
  28. Gluing on the Bridge
  29. Set-Up / It's All Done!







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