I pulled the go-bars off this morning. Using a chisel, I trimmed the excess wood from the back to be flush with the sides. It turned out pretty well. There’s a nice radius to the back and the seam appears to be snug and tight.
I think there’s going to be a bit of a hiatus on this build, as the next step will be the neck and I don’t have a fingerboard figured out yet. I’m thinking of some local mesquite but still have to find it and get it ready. I have a doug fir neck blank cut but am considering maple instead (which I also don’t have on hand). So hopefully will get that figured out in the next few weeks. I may start on the guitars now, getting top and back plates thicknessed and joined and maybe get sides thicknessed and bent.
For now, here’s a couple of photos of the uke body with top and back attached. I may try to find some kind of binding to put around the top and back as well prior to going to work on the neck.
-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ