After the finish had dried, I applied a coat of paste wax to help protect the instrument. I installed the tuning pegs and added the strings. (I use medium gauge Vega banjo strings). After a little fine tuning and bridge adjustment, she was all done!
Even though the actual time for construction stretched for a couple of months, it doesn’t usually take that long. In actuality, I kept a record each time I worked on something , and it totaled about 30 hours from design to finish, not counting time for glue or finish to dry.
Congratulations, Jean, on your new baby–and thanks for your input along the way!