Things are progressing well now. Having made the end block from maple out of a tree that burnt at home during the 2003 Canberra bushfires I glued the top and back to the end block and set the neck in place. The neck is a unit with the heel block and has slots cut in the sides for the upper bouts. These will be bent from Tasmanian Blackwood thinned to 2.0mm with the wasp sander.

So the state of play is illustrated here. The fingerboard is yet to be glued in place.

Mandolin neck

Mandolin neck

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