..The next day after being removed from the alignment fixture.
Next, three ebony wood pieces are fitted: the fingerboard, the nut (next to the peg box) and the saddle (by the tailpiece).
Here a stretched string from centerline of bottom to centerline of neck scroll helps in positioning of the fingerboard.
The ebony saddle is trimmed to width and reshaped. It is centered and its outline is marked on the top plate. These lines are cut with a sharp knife (new blade) and then the waste wood is removed with a sharp chisel down to the top of the end block.
Leave a little clearance on the sides of the saddle so that in the future when the top plate shrinks (which it will do in time), cracks will not develop at the corners in the top plate wood.
..Please see detailed articles on fitting and tuning these parts found on the main web site: www.violinresearch.com