The Neck

Thursday, August 9th, 2007:

With the soundbox finally done, I could now turn my attention to the neck.

Originally, I had planned to use a neck blank. I decided, for no particular reason, to make my neck with a scarf joint and a stacked heel this time. So, I got a 3-1/2" wide mahogany board from my local wood store, and proceeded to cut the scarf joint. Since my tablesaw blade could only cut about 3", I decided to cut it on the bandsaw instead. It went well. I then used a 2-by-4 covered with 80-grit sandpaper to sand the scarf joint flush. Here is the result:



Here I am gluing the scarf joint (tricky to keep it from slipping every which way!!!) and the four blocks that will be used for the stacked heel:



Friday, August 10, 2007:

Today I glued up the two pieces of veneer (white and bloodwood) and the peghead overlay (ebony).




Then I had to cut the angle where the veneer would meet the back side of the nut. I used my table saw to do that.


Next I drilled a 1/2" hole for the hardwood dowel that will run about 3" down the heel (so the two threaded inserts for the bolt-on neck will have something to bite into).



I glued in the dowel. Finally, I trimmed the excess wood above the peghead veneer and cut the heel end at the 12th fret location. Tomorrow I will begin work on the peghead.


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