The next step was to shape the hand rest. I started out marking some reference lines in pencil and using a rasp to remove most of the wood.
Next I made a 5” x 10” sanding block to work down the wood to the final shape.
Not looking too bad so far!
Now on to the back contour. I built a jig to use with the spindle sander.
On to the spindle sander to work the contour.
After 2 hours on the spindle sander, just about done. I used the spindle drum to hand sand the remaining contour after putting on some pencil marks. Worked it by hand until it was even.
Did a test finish with some scrap alder. “P” is just poly, #1 is one coat of shellac to # 5 with five coats of shellac. Looks like 3-4 coats of shellac should work followed my many coats of poly.
Next step is final sanding and applying the finish.