“The Edward” – Making the Back

We are now ready the make the back for “The Edward”. We start off by joining the two pieces.

The rib assembly is clamped to the joined pieces and the outline is traced with a 2.5mm offset. The back is then cut out just proud of this line.

Next, we establish the purfling platform, trim the outline to the line, cut the purfling channel and bend and fit the various pieces of purfling.

Here is a close-up of the purfling channel.

The purfling strips are glued.

For the final step, we use templates to shape the arching, cut the channel and use scrapers to clean-up everything. Notice the beautiful flame in the maple.

Finally we turn the back over and gouge out the inside to nominal dimensions. We set it aside for now and start the top.

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