My vacation-project starts a bit late, because I suffered from a Bronchitis and did not feel comfortable with wood-working. But today I have started and I want to tell you my experiences. Not everything worked as expected, but if you are not working in a professional environment and without the necessary skills you have to deal with faults. Maybe I will do less mistakes on my fifth or tenth build. Of course I have watched hundred of Youtube-videos and did a lot of measuring before I touched the wood. However before I cut the neck to the desired length I thought “This seems to be too short” and grabbed my guitar to compare the length. Good that I did it, because I had miscalculated the total length of the neck! If you remember my last post “Can I build a guitar from scratch?” you know, that I wanted to use a neck-blank with a pre-installed trussrod, but unfortunately it does not fit for my project and I returned it to the seller with the funny name “Trashcontainer“. So I had to face the challenge to build a neck from scratch and I ordered a wood-router, because I could not imagine to route the trussrod-channel with a different method. I have ordered a cheap router, because I don’t know, if I will build another guitar after this first try. Below you see the Neck-blank, a beautiful piece of maple.
My first step was to saw the neck blank to the desired dimensions. I realized the small cuts with my Japanese saw. Before I had improved my sawing-technique with a very helpful youtube-video. Did you know, that you can control the angle of the saw, if you use the saw as a mirror? Look at the pictures below and you will understand, what I mean.
For the long cut of the neck I had prepared an improvised parallel stop for my little circular saw.
You can see below, that the long cut was not perfect, because I accidentally started the saw again and it left some marks in the wood, but of course I can sand it later.
The second important step today was the routing of the trussrod-channel, something I was very afraid of before. I tried to adjust the parallel-stop of the router as exactly as possible and had I drawn a fine line across the center. Additionally I measured the depth of the router carefully. The work went on more easy than I had expected. It was so easy, that I routed more than I should and ended at the nut and not at the end of the trussrod. I think I can cover this mistake, if I fill a part of the channel with a piece of wood.
Next I have widened the body-end of the trussrod-channel, because the screw-nut is a bit wider than the rest of the rod. I did this with my drilling machine. You see here also, that my trussrod-channel is not totally straight (Pictures can be so merciless). Looking back I suggest, that my construction to use the parallel-stop of the router was probably not straight. I also learned, that even little shakings with the router are widening the channel. So you need a lot of care to control this machine. However the trussrod fits and does not move one millimeter!
Looking forward: I have to glue two stripes of maple to the headstock and I want to fill the unnecessary part of the channel. Maybe I can do this overnight today.
See you soon for day two and if you are interested, what kind of music I will make with this guitar don’t hesitate to visit me on bandcamp.