Finishing the Mold

Sunday, November 25th, 2012:

This is what I did yesterday --- I bandsawed the remaining three mold pieces close to the lines. The "master" template is the one at the very top of the picture.

Next, I screwed that master template to one of the three pieces, and used a flush-cut router bit to make another template. I removed the screws and then glued each of these two finished templates to one of the remaining two pieces, and left them overnight to dry.




After church today, I used the flush-cut router bit to complete the two pieces of the mold.

I then ran a carriage bolt through the tail end extension and secured it with one of those plastic knob nuts.

At the neck end (which I need to leave open for attaching the peghead later), I joined the two halves of the mold with a mending plate.

After all that was done, I then sealed the mold with a coat of shellac and left it to dry. I held it in my vise so that I could get to all the sides of the mold.

Tomorrow, I will apply two more coats of shellac.




Above, you can see the mending plate I am using to join the mold at the neck end.

Below, is a close-up of the tail end attachment.


Monday, November 26th, 2012:

The first thing I did today was to lightly sand the second coat of shellac (which I had applied last night) and then apply the final, third coat. It's been a few hours now, and it's almost dry:




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  1. Finishing the Mold
  2. Top and Back Plates, Fingerboard and BridgeWood
  3. The Top: The Rosette
  4. Bracing: Days 1 & 2
  5. Bracing: Days 3 & 4
  6. Sides
  7. The Peghead
  8. Kerfing
  9. Side Braces, Fingerboard
  10. Completing the Box
  11. Preparing for Binding
  12. It's Binding Time!!!
  13. Continuing the Binding
  14. Making the Bridge
  15. Nut Slot, Endpin Jack Hole, Brushes & Z-poxy
  16. On to the Finish!!!
  17. Rubbing Out, Polishing, and Fingerboard
  18. Bridge, Pickup, and Set-up!!!
  19. It's Finished!!!