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The back, joined(with hot hide glue, of course) and planed to thickness
The neck blank, in the rough.....
The fretboard will be cut from the cocobolo billet on the left, while we see the headplate at the ready
The ribs, way oversized and rough
And here's the red spruce top, joined(hot hide glue again), but otherwise unworked. Also note that I'm allowed to change my mind at will <lol>
Now, all that's left is to remove everything that -isn't- a mandolin from the above woods, and what will be left will be a sweet little A-5!