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Post by felixcatus » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:07 pm

Thanks for posting, very interesting.

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:56 am

My pleasure.
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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:41 am

Today I bolted the bridge on the body;

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To allign it I stretched a line from the middle of the nutslot to the butt of the body, centered over the neck. Apparently during neckmounting centreline has shifted somewhat so that's why it looks the bridge isn't positioned right.

Bolted down the bridge and used the holes to centrepunch the locations for stringthrough channels;

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Those aren't absolutely straight, can't rely on this Wilkinson bridge to be straight. I knew that ahead of time, don't worry, it'll be OK.
These 6 locations got drilled halfway through the body. Then used the IndexPin to locate the two outermost holes. Put the bridge on and used two nails (same diameter as the holes in the body) to secure it;

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Again used the holes in the bridge to mark the other 4. I know, I know... they won't be 100% straight, calm down. It'll all be OK in the end (here's to hoping eh?);

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Being stubborn and headstrong I drilled through all the way to the holes on the other side and waddayaknow... they all hit home!;

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I failed to shoot a pic of the light coming through the holes cuz it's a bi-atch holding the body to the light and pointing the camera, but if anyone insists (and I know someone will...) I'll do my best to please you.

Tomorrow I'm 'constructing' the jig I have planned to allow me to drill for ferrules abso-friggin'-lutely straight. I'll be testing that contraption on scraps first. Fingers crossed please...
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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:00 am

This would be the idea;

Board with a line square to the base rides along the fence;

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On this board I fix the body so that centreline is alligned with the line on the board;

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Now I adjust the fence so the drill is directly over the holes' centreline.

Not before this afternoon though. There's a couple ?? to be made and scraps to be practiced on.

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:46 am

Got home, took a scrap from the box, drew lines and positions, taped to the 'jig' and went for it;

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Hmm, they're straight, just off the line... wuzzup with that? Oops, didn't clamp the fence right.
OK corrected that;

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straight and on the mark. Well, here goes nothin';

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Worked! here's a close up;

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=phew=
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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:05 pm

Been a while since the last update on this build. Figured I'd get to scrapin' away at the neck now the weather has gone from sour to sweet.

Some have asked to go into a little more detail on the neck building process, happy to show the way I do it. Mind you; this is the way I do it, others have different methods, different tools, different strokes for... ya know.

Since I keep my fretboards a bit wider than the usual 7ender size to accomodate for stubby fingers and the last neck I did for a tele came out somewhat chunky I decided to thin the back down a bit before shaping;

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Right there is where the batteries in the camera died on me, while they were recharging I did the routing and ended up here;

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Some sanding to make for a little smoother surface to be able to mark a new centreline and divide the neck into 4 segments;

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Divide the side of the neck into two;

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Same for the other side of course.

Then clamp the neck to be in a vice or a workmate, using scraps to prevent indentation;

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Ready to get out the ole' rasps!
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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:10 pm

Love seeing the progress!

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks Marcus.
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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:41 pm

This is when I get in a good position and make sure I have plenty of light (preferably sun) on the workpiece. I want to be able to see the back of the neck and one of the sides so I can keep an eye on the lines I drew. The object is to rasp away all wood outside those lines.
I will try and maintain the same angle on the rasp while taking off "all the wood that isn't a neck".

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This is to show the cut should be smooth and straight all along the segment that's being taken off. I'll take more off;

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You can the cut isn't exactly parrallel to the line, there's a little deviation, easy fix.
I check with a straight edge piece every few passes to see if I'm still in line and if the face I'm cutting is straight;

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The more attention I give to the neck at this stage, the less work I'll have getting it smooth later on.
After a while it should look something like this;

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Those tiny little deviations I'll sand out with a block after I've done the other side of the neck;

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:45 pm

Marked more area I want to take off;

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Time to get the spokeshave out;

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Mine is a cheap POS but it does the job;

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Starting to look like a neck, still doesn't feel like one, gotta take off some more;

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Transition needs some more work but I think we're almost there;

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 am

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You probably don't even see the difference in the pics, but now I'm happy with the profile. I see a whole lotta sanding coming.
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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:05 pm

Not a lot of time today, so not a lot got done;

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Then when i was setting up the router, baby came home. So...

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Post by JuniorEnthousiast » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:36 am

Had some time to spare, so I made a template for the bridge pickup;

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Hogged out the cavity using the drillpress;

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Slapped that template on;

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Voila;

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Post by marcusnieman » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:18 pm

Wonderful craftmanship.... a real treat to watch this!

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Post by felixcatus » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:42 pm

marcusnieman wrote:Wonderful craftmanship.... a real treat to watch this!
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I?m looking forward to seeing your drilling technique for the wire channels. Keep it coming. 8)

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