Thankful today that the drum sander’s repair is holding up, we use it to sand the back smooth and down to the correct thickness. The thickness is measured with a caliper along the way. The cherry that we are using for the back and sides turns out to be very hard, so we also use a hand-held sander to help bring the thickness down.

Turning back to the top, we lay out all of its braces and glue them to the underside. Dowels are used to keep the braces in place while the glue dries. Once the back is sanded down to size, we also lay a bracing strip along its seam to help strengthen the connection between the two back pieces and the rosewood trim between them.