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Carcass Complete

The glue seems to have bonded properly all around the perimeter. Two weeks is certainly enough time for it to come to full strength! There was only a little squeeze-out, easily cleaned up with some sandpaper.

The next step was to route the purfling grooves. My father had ground a small router bit to the correct diameter and mounted it in an old router, which was in turn attached when needed to the workbench. It has a guide built in to ensure the proper spacing from the edge of the plates.

This arrangement allows fast, accurate, and consistent routing of the purfling grooves most of the way around the plate edges. The "C" bout corners and the back near the tongue are inaccessible, and will need to be completed by hand.