I got the idea for the back while I was working on the rosette. As I was putting was away some of the olive wood, I piled it on the rosewood plates I had for the back. The two types of wood looked great together. I decided to make an olive wood strip through the centre seam of the back. There were different ways to do this. One was to glue the joints together, cut a channel along the seam and then insert the inlay. An easier, less time consuming method (I think) was to create olive wood pieces as thick as the plates and glue them in between. That’s what I did, in these steps:
1. I prepared the olive wood pieces: I cut them to size and then decide on the order, so that the wood grain pattern connected nicely from one piece to the next. I made sure that the glueing side of each piece was flush and straight so that they connected properly to each other as well as the side plate.
2. Then I straightened the edge of one of the plates: for this I used a long Stanley jointer plane, set to a very fine cut.
3. After this I placed the olive wood pieces along the flush side of the back plate and checked for any gaps.
4. I glued the pieces to the back plate using masking tape to compress them while the glue was drying. Here’s what it looked like (masking tape removed):
5. I repeated steps 2 -4 for the other back plate. Here you can see the masking tape I used to keep the plates compressed while glueing:
After glueing the olive wood, I planed the back to around 2.5mm thickness. To avoid tearing out the olive wood, I first levelled it slightly below the rosewood using a scraper so I could plane the rosewood without hitting the olive wood:
Then I sawed out the back using a coping saw, following the outline of my template.
Here’s the end result!