At this point we
must prepare the gluing surfaces. Following Kessler's advice I planed
the margins using a plane with a slanted blade: this way the margins we
get are a little curved rather than straight, the way they can be seen
in lutes or even barrels. Planing can be done in several ways, like keeping
the plane blocked in the bench's vise and running the strips on it, or
working the selected areas with a short plane. A little practice will
make you find your personal technique.
As a further aid in assembling I glued some pieces of wood under the strips, shaped so as to keep them more stable and support the belly during the outer carving.
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