After gluing on the fingerboard and nut I touched up the varnish and gave the whole instrument a good final cleanup and wax.
Then it was time to add the tailpiece and machine heads and the instrument was almost finished.
The final-ish thing was to make a bridge – I used some leftover Tasmanian Blackwood and made a bridge, tuning in the strings with stepped forward and back slots.
Finally I got some new strings and strung it up for the first time. It needs playing in but the sound is wonderful and will only get better!
You can read all the steps here
This was very well worth doing!
Here are some more photos
And here is what it sounds like