The next step for “The David” is to make the back. We start with some quite nice Bosnian maple.
We need to flatten the under side with a plane and then plane the edges which will be glued together. This joint needs to be perfectly flat along its entire length and square to the under-surface. A very sharp and finely tuned plane is required for this step.
With the joint prepared, hide glue is applied and allowed to sit over night. We now have a joined back and can draw the outline and begin the shaping.