Dolphins are usually built in a batch of five up to "off the
machine" stage. The timber is selected out of stock, sawn and
machined to produce the quarter sawn (vertical grain) neck plank
pieces and wing stock and are glued up. Some neck and wings NC work
is done, truss rod and carbon fibre bars installed, then they are
assembled and glued. The rest of the NC work is then completed with
the fingerboard blank being glued along the way.
The NC shaping of the top, waist cut, heel and neck have to be
finished off by hand with rasps and sandpaper then lots more sandpaper
and lots more other jobs.
In this batch, one had to be finished in eight weeks, three others
over 3 or 4 months and the spare fifth one was ordered before I