On the bench are the walnut sides and back of a dulcimer on the verge of becoming intimate.
Before the magic happens I first have to notch the linings in the sides to receive the ends of the back braces. After that the I trim the braces to length and carve the ends to fit into the notches. I do most of this work with the small saw and chisel in the photograph.
After making sure everything fits I’ll add glue and clamps and the two will become one.
Ain’t love grand!