I glued the heel to the neck.
Next will be rough shaping the heel.
I worked on the heel further.
Now it's shaped quite nicely but not yet sanded.
I bent the maple sides.
First time I bending maple, rosewood sides are much easier to bend.
The maple tend to want to crack alone the flame direction.
Luckily I am using hand to bent so I can stop before the crack gets too big.
I suspect the heat gun is not hot enough for maple.
Anyway I manage to complete both sides.
The fit is not perfect but I will adjust the curvature before assembly
After seeing a reminder of my rosette on FB memories, I decide to continue the making of the elaborate rosette of my #4.
I am finished with the 2nd ring of lozengers.
Next will be the inner tiles.
I began my preparation for finishing process which is essentially sanding.
My top was quite dirty from all the dust and so I have to sand quite a bit.
Also I need to adjust some of the mode's frequency, especially long dipole down a bit.
After sanding the top looks quite good.
I sanded the back and sides thru the various grits of sandpaper.
They emit a smooth dull sheen after the sanding.
Some parts I will need to sand more to even out the surface.
For finishing the surface preparation is the key.