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Saddle Done

Finishing the saddle took quite a long time. Working with such a small piece of wood is slow and delicate. However, I am pleased with how it turned out.

I glued the saddle into place and faired the surrounding spruce in to make the transition fairly smooth. There are minor gaps on three sides, but that will allow for differential expansion of the woods.

Tacking the fingerboard on was the last task for this session. When I checked it the next week though, I wasn't happy with the alignment and removed it. Using a few drops of Methyl Hydrate between the ebony and maple, it was easy to pop the glue joint once it became brittle.