Lets take a pause while the CA is setting to talk about the top.
I started out with this amazing block of quilted maple. Square it up on the table saw removing the rough edges
See? Nice and square now.
Quick passes through the jointer, planer, and drum sander gives us a perfectly flat, square, smooth block.
Peeled off a couple slices for a drop top on another build, then the rest for a full 0.7″ thick carved top for this build.
making the edges to be jointed perfectly flat for gluing
And there you are.
Sanded up with a little naphtha to show off the figuring…
Here is is with a couple hunks removed that I used to make the headstock overlay…
Beaver chewed wood, deatailed photo with blurred background