For the last year and a half, or two years (I can't remember it's been so long) I have been working on the electric cello project. Since I was out trucking I wasn't home to work on it. So I haven't worked on it for over half a year. So I decided to get back on the horse, get motivated, and start working on it.
I first had to get a special drill bit to drill out the hole for the endpin. I also had to clear out some of wood on the inside of the body. Good news, everything fits well, and I feel like I got it drilled and fitted just right. I then spent a lot of time working on the neck. It was mostly shaping, and sanding but it was very time consuming. I also took out some of the high spots on the fretboard. Since it is made out of Black and White Ebony it is unbelieveably hard. So that actually took a while. Then I glued the fretboard, and neck together. (Note: this is the short version of what happened. I don't want to go into the long version since it would bore most people. Truthfully, at this point it was mostly shaping and sanding. It just took a long time.)
I then took a piece of African Blackwood, and had Dad shape up a piece of Black Walnut. Together they are being made into the microphone holder. I have to until I get the neck glued on the body before I can continue with the mic holder. I don't want to place it, and then realize that it's in the wrong spot. That would not be a good thing.
I did lay the cello parts together to see what it would look like, and it kind of surprised me. There are so many colors on it. Once I put a finish on it, the colors will really pop out. But that's down the road a ways. I have been working on a jig to cut out the dovetail joint on the body. I have to get it perfect, or else the whole thing won't work. It's actually kind of nerve-racking knowing that I have to get this perfect, and only have one shot at it. So I have been taking my time. Also the way I have to make this jig is kind of difficult, so that's really time consuming.
To understand a little more of what I'm talking about feel free to check out the pictures in the myphotos section. It's under "Electric Cello Project." As things happen I will continually upload pictures.