The new face/back-plate pieces. I’m going to put a panda sticker on this one too. Thanks Milla!
I cut out the plates using the router attachment for my dremel and an 1/8th bit. After I get the edges smoothed out, I’m going to put a 1/4 round edge around the outside of the front and back plates, and fit the openings at the neck and tailpiece on the front and around the as yet undecided jack placement on the back plate. Then a few more coats of oil and rubbing with a modern steel wool replacement pad and then put it all back together and make noises. Now that the oil has soaked in, it has really darkened up the mahogany considerably. One of the pictures has a piece of the previous faceplate, and you can see that the birch (used birch then as well) gets a little golden but stays light, providing a nice contrast.