A delightful experiment and a great way to get a child involved in its first stringed musically instrument. Musicly it makes a fairly good ukelele and frets can be tied around the neck as they were in ancient times (although for the experienced plucker it is fun to learn to play it fretless!).
Structurally the neck buts up against the body and is attached to the heel extention just below it. This extension passes clear through the body and bears the entire tension of the strings. This makes it unnecesary to put bracing behind the face which simplifies the project considerably.
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