Cutting the fretwork
I mean it! It will be fun! Because it is so different from the last time I did it, in 2006. Here’s why:

1) I can now
see what I am doing - I have bought extra eyes.

2) I have changed the drawing so that the cut-away is black (last time I had a curve/line defining the areas. Could never make up my mind -
left of the line, right of the line, on the line?

3) I have bought a
space-age saw - it seems to be made of air (!), absolutely brilliant!

Preparing
Now, the end is not flat anymore - I just crimped it, yes? So I’ve glued a piece of 2 mm plywood on the inside, filling up the “raised” hex-shape. This lifts the metal off the sawing support, making the whole thing stable. The drawing is printed and glued onto the end, guided by four guide holes:

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The left side - freshly cut. It will need cleaning up the various rough edges, etc.

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Left side, roughly polished. The slot in the “flower” is for the air button (lever). Even though it is prepared for in the reed pan, I’ve decided to wait - there are more important stuff to do and time is flying. High-gloss polishing can wait as well.

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