This past week was my annual kayaking holiday. It didn't turn out as planned, but was pleasant in other ways.
This afternoon and evening I trimmed the sides of the fingerboard and attached the nut. Everything is now filed, scraped, and sanded to smooth curves. I created the saddle from a spare piece of ebony and glued it in place. The end pin is in place, and the first two pegs are turned down. Turning the pegs using a manual peg shaver from Atlantic Violins Supplies is hard on the wrist. Tomorrow I will turn the remaining two pegs, ream the peg holes to fit, and trim the peg ends. I expect to be able to adjust the bridge and install the strings. Then, the penultimate test: how does it sound?