November 18, 2009

Continuing the process of bringing the box down to the final sanding stages.  Still a few small gaps to fill with epoxy, but it is ever closer to being smooth and ready for the neck fitting.

Here’s a glimpse of what it will look like when lacquered (wipe a bit of Naptha on it):


I’ve got the top mostly fair and square, making sure there is no glue residue still on the surface.  I prepped the top with shellac, and sanding it back clogs the sandpaper, which I have to change out frequently.


I really like the “eyes” on this back piece of wood, and the dark striping is a nice touch.


The paua rosette and purfling turned out quite nicely.  I have to thank Charles Fox for the tips on installing the purfling.


The koa headstock piece is nice and subtle, not to wild.  This will be trimmed with paua as well.  I need to procure some maple binding before proceeding.  It will also have a nice vine and thorn inlay to match the fretboard.