The hurdy-gurdy is now completely assembled, every part is now on, except for the strings. Now the varnishing starts as you can see on the last 2 photos. This is the first layer, followed by three more layers and when I am satisfied with the result the strings can be applied and I can finally listen to the result. In the following post you can see photos of the end result.
All parts are assembled and the end is in sight. Before the strings come on, I will put everything in the varnish. I do this in multiple layers and each layer is lightly sanded before the next one is applied. This gives the veneer a nice deep color and warm glow and gives it a finished appearance. Just a little while longer and then I can view and listen to the final result for the first time.
Work on the keybox requires accuracy. The keys must fit well and be able to slide smoothly and be easy to operate. All holes must be properly in the keybox, so measure a lot before you make the holes. If the keys are in the box, there must be a lid on the box and the whole is then beautifully finished with veneer. The keybox can now be mounted on the hurdy-gurdy.
Now that the sound box is ready, I start manufacturing all parts. A careful activity that is mainly accompanied by a lot of fitting, measuring and frequent sanding. Here and there I glue some veneer on the parts for the finish, after all, the eye wants something too. After this I can start with the keybox, keys and the tangents but that is for the next message.
The inside work is ready so it's time to put the front up again. For this I use a good glue and a lot of glue clamps. I use wooden blocks to avoid damaging the front with the glue clamps. It is important that the gluing is done well because later when the strings come on there is a lot of tension on the sound box. After that, wait until the glue has dried so that the glue clamps can be removed. Now the old guitar looks like a hurdy-gurdy. See pictures.