The tailpiece isn’t fastened to the body, just held in place by the tension of the strings and a retaining string or wire. It must be strong enough not to break under tension. I still haven’t decided whether or not to add a reinforcing screw – it’s probably not needed.
Here’s the wood it’s made from:
It didn’t take long to cut out the right shape:
Some work with a saw makes it look closer to the finished item:
Then some planing, chiselling and drilling later:
The holes were drilled from the end, not as straight as they might have been, but I think they will be OK.
Underneath, the tuning adjusters are recessed:
This is the peg that could be reinforced with a brass screw:
Finally, the fine tuners are attached – now it’s time to make the bridge … (you can see I’m putting off the keys until last )