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Back I make backs in various woods, depending on the instrument, typically maple or rosewood, and in the fan-back, both. Like the belly, they are made from book-matched quarter-sawn wood, joined with a carefully planed centre join..
|Here a back is marked up in Indian Rosewood.||The back is planed down to about 3mm before gluing.||The slightly domed back has struts too. Again the two longer are curved.|
|Here the bars have been tapered and trimmed ready for fitting to the sides.||The pieces of a fan back, cut and planed and ready for assembly and gluing.||A fan back fitted to the sides after construction. Once glued it is treated as a normal back, except that it will be fabric-lined for strength before the belly is glued on.|