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My dad has no instructions to proceed from and is only experienced in building violins.
He seems to think he's got to get the two halves of the top to the correct thickness AND bend the 'pliage' into both BEFORE glueing them together..
That seems to me to be making things more difficult for no reason.. Why not glue them together first and then shave to thickness (I presume the top is a uniform thickness all over, right?) and THEN bend the pliage across the entire piece?
Any experienced tips would be appreciated!