Gluing in cross braces.
Spanish Cypress back with back braces. Only 2 braces as the instrument is much smaller than normal guitar.
Linings glued in.
Spanish cypress sides with tail block and neck block showing dovetail.
Headstock with tuners temporarily fitted. Rosewood facing with maple veneer below.
Rosette made from rosewood and cypress with b/w banding.
Scraping the rosette.
Abalone dots added to rosette - tastetful or what!
Starting to shape cross braces.
Soundboard clamped and glued to sides.
Attaching soundboard to sides.
Body with neck in place. Masking tape on neck protects from spray painting.
Body showing banding channel.
Neck dovetailed in. Binding channel clearly seen here
Pinning purfling. The bindings are purpleheart.
Pinning and gluing purfling.
Planing back binding.
Gold mandolin tailpiece I intend to use with floating bridge.
Body, neck and fingerboard nearly ready for assembly.
Sanding foot of bridge. When the dust appears from all parts of the foot, it is ready!
Finished and strung.
Washing lines are useful! Sealer drying.
Small but perfectly formed! Masking tape on fingerboard for spraying.
Headstock and bone nut. Gold guitar tuners fitted.
Tailpiece with padauk end pin (to match bindings).
Purpleheart bridge - to match bindings.