But – here’s a shot through the door of my shed – this is where I’m doing all the hard work to screw up this ukulele build.
So, the first thingt I need to do with the neck is get the fingerboard trimmed to fit and square with the neck. Simple enough – I figured I’d just draw a line down the center of the neck, and the center of the fingerboard – line them up and Bob’s your uncle. But it looks like Uncle Cleetus cut this neck – the dovetail is not in the center of the neck – Argggg. So I had to take about 1/8″ off one side of the next to make it square with the dovetail (and ultimately the body).
So, for the top – I reglued the waste back in place from my spastic coping saw job – looks scary bad here.
After sanding down to 320 grit, the next step for the body is to use a clear filler on the wood. This just fills the pores – which on his mahogany are huge – so when we get the final finish on it will be smooth. The sealer is about the consistency of the paste we ate in kindergarten – you brush it all – and then use a bondo squeegee to squeegee it across the grain – which removes most of it – but pushes it down into the pores (theoretically).
I let the first coat dry for a couple of hours – did another pass with the 320 – and then put on another coat of sealer. This should do it. I’ve left the body hanging up to dry – and when I get back it’s time to finish dealing with the neck.
Now I have to go practice