GS Mini 28


Still Saturday, March 29th, 2014:

Carving the Neck

It's about 1:00 p.m. right now. Time for a little break, so I can let the mahogany dust settle....

I've been carving the neck. Not done yet, but I thought I'd show you my progress so far.

The first thing I did was to draw the shape of my volute:




I took it to the belt sander and shaped it like this. The first time I used the belt sander to do this, it was kind of scary, but now I'm fairly comfortable with it; you just have to be very careful when rocking the neck to-and-fro on the end of the belt sander, not to let the sander gouge the fingerboard.




The next job was to trim the edges of the neck blank. Below are the tools I use to plane/carve the sides of the neck flush to the fingerboard. The thing you have to be careful of here is the direction of the grain in the mahogany; if you carve into the grain, you run the risk of tearing out chunks of the mahogany.





Next, I drew the heelcap outline onto the bloodwood blank. As I'm carving the neck, I will carve the heel shape as well.


After the neck blank's edges were flush to the fingerboard's edges, I drew a line down the center of the neck shaft, as a guide to where I'm aiming for as I shape the neck. I took the neck blank to the belt sander and, using the roller end of the belt sander, did the bulk of the neck-shaping.


Next, I will clamp the neck to this neck support, and finish up the carving/sanding by hand. That's the job for after I have some lunch!!!!







Here I am ready to finish carving and sanding the neck. (What you see below is how far I had taken the neck with the belt sander --- what I will be doing next is getting rid of any lumps or bumps, and further refining the neck to the profile I want.)

All this mess you see is actually only from my previous job of simply planing the excess neck wood down flush to the sides of the fingerboard! Carving necks is a messy job.

(By the way, Hannah says "Howdy!")


Here's another shot of the neck in its neck support, ready to be finished up, with scrapers, my Dragon rasps, and sandpaper.

And here it is, all done!


After the neck was carved, I bolted it up to the soundbox, so I could re-check the neck alignment and neck angle. Everything is good; nothing changed (thank goodness!).


Okay....time for another video!!! (Pardon my messy, dusty look!)





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