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The Body

This is my work log of how work with the body progressed:

When doing this, do not forget to think about the neck too. There are many things to keep in mind, one example is how the distance of the neck effects the location of the bridge. I made both the body and the neck at the same time.

Before you commence with this you will need to choose what dimensions you want for your neck, you should also consider if you want to use a truss rod or not. I decided the dimensions during the work, but I do not recommend it.

2nd of December:
Today I finished grinding the sides of the body. I used a grinding machine with paper at both 100 and 150. I also used regular paper for it.

Here is a picture of the grinded body:

3rd of December:
Today I flattened the top of the body, as you can see on the pictures below...
(The distance between the bottom and both sides of the socket were different.)


I also made a drawing of the pickguard. First I placed a paper on top of the body, then I just used a pen and sketched the outlines. (You may find a newer and better drawing on the 4th of December.)


4th of December:
Today I increased the length of the neck socket a bit and then I also used the router to improve the control cavity at the back. I have also made a new drawing of the pickguard.


Pictures the whole balalajka at the moment:

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