Tuesday, July 14, 2009:

Lots of photos today — I did a lot of little things today and made a lot of progress on the neck.

The very first thing I did today was to plan out my peghead design. I wanted something somewhat different. I like my pegheads to be narrower on the top than at the bottom, because the strings then lie nicely and don't run into each other. But I also wanted something different from what I usually do, which is just a simple tapered shape; I put a slight curve on the sides. So, here's what I came up with:

That blue and white ricebowl you see in the upper left-hand corner is what I traced to draw the rounded top.

Here's a photo of the carbon fiber rod that has been glued in with epoxy and scraped down.




Here's the shape traced onto a piece of ebony overlay. I have punched the holes for the tuners.

Here I have placed the peghead overlay in its final position and drilled two holes for some tiny dowels. This will hold the peghead in place when I later glue it on.





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  1. Planning
  2. A Little Change in Plans...
  3. Back Braces
  4. Carving the Back Braces & Cutting the Top Braces
  5. The Rosette / Tapering the Fingerboard
  6. Bracing the Top
  7. Carving the Braces / Gluing the Soundhole Braces & Bridge Plate
  8. The Finished Top and Back!!! / Cutting and Bending the Sides
  9. Fixing Cupped Sides / Making Spreaders & Clamping Cauls
  10. Neck and Tail Blocks
  11. Sanding the Radius into the Sides / Gluing the Kerfing Strips / Side Reinforcements
  12. Fitting & Gluing the Back
  13. Fitting & Gluing the Top
  14. We Have a Soundbox Now!!!
  15. Bending and Routing for Bindings
  16. Gluing the End Wedge & Bindings
  17. Scraping the Bindings
  18. Beginning the Neck
  19. The Neck, Continued!!!
  20. The Neck, Day 3
  21. Peghead, Tuners, Dots, & Frets!!
  22. Peghead Inlay
  23. Backstrap & Gluing the Fingerboard
  24. Carving the Neck / A "Duh!" Moment / Side Dots / Preparing for Finish
  25. Pore-Filling and Sealing
  26. Spraying the Top Coats
  27. Finishing the Finish / Gluing on the Neck
  28. Gluing on the Bridge
  29. Set-Up / It's All Done!



A little preview of how the peghead will look with the fingerboard:



The next thing I did was to drill the holes for the threaded inserts. I use threaded inserts that require a 5/16" hole. One reason I drill the holes for the inserts now, before I cut out the neck blank, is that I can easily use this dowel jig to drill the holes. I just line up the indicator line on the left and the left edge of the middle part of the jig with the two lines intersecting the hole I need to drill. The jig keeps the drill bit perpendicular.





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