So far so good….
The tail block and heel block are both glued and clamped in the same way, then the sides can be glued down. There is a bit of work in fitting the sides- The kerfed lining is removed where it touches the bracing, and the brace ends are trimmed to length. Extra bits of kerfing are glued back on later to strengthen the brace ends.
A graceful arch is cut onto the back of the body so that when it is fitted the back will bend over this to form a rounded shape. Then more kerfed lining is glued around the top edge. The lining is left sticking up slightly and will be cleaned up when I am fitting the back…..