July 15...I jointed
and joined the curly maple back today. To do the jointing,
I again used my hand
jointer, which I had made from ShopNotes plans. The
curly maple came from Stew-Mac, cut in a "pie wedge"
16...I started carving the back today. Besides
the same Japanese gouge
I used when carving the top, I also used the tools to the right
and below ---- two small carving knives, two little Ibex fingerplanes,
and the flexible disc sanding attachment for my drill press.
I found the maple much harder to carve than the top, because
of the waviness of the grain, and I ended up using the flexible
sanding disc for a large part of the shaping. It took me two
days to do the carving.