Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Patrick's Twin Point

Here’s an update on what has been happening with Patrick’s twin-point. The body is now together and I’ve just completed the purflings and bindings. As you can see, I use tape to hold the purflings in place whilst the glue sets.
 I like to use ebony bindings on my twin-points; not only does it look good, the ebony makes for a very robust "point". It never ceases to amaze me, how readily ebony will bend and here good old cloth tape is used to hold the bindings in place whilst gluing.
 Once all of the piece have been glued on (in this case 20 separate pieces) it’s a big clean-up. The bindings are always proud of the surface and have to be taken down flush with the body. For ebony it’s best to use a cabinet scrapper- if you sand, you run the risk of grinding ebony dust into the other surfaces. A dust mask is always a wise precaution with cocobolo.
And after a good half a day’s work…….
At the same time I’ve been making the tailpiece.
On this one I’ve used ebony and cocobolo and you can see how it complements the body.
 Next stage, fit the neck.

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