The moment of truth; time to put saw to movement!!!
Well, not quite. Before that I need to transfer the design onto the plates and bridges. I made a template on a polypropylene sheet. This allows me to see through the template (very important if you want to align about two hundred microscopic holes!)
Then I drill holes at all the corners.
Next, I play connect-the-dots with the fretsaw.
This is the beginning of material removal. I leave lots of margin. Even so, the final design is faintly visible at this stage. Here is the dial-plate....
....and the bridges.
There is lots of filing to be done!!!