This building day started with the inspection of my glueing and after I had loosened the clamps I was satisfied with the result. I detected some small gaps on the sides, but because I will later remove these parts I am confident, that the gaps will disappear later. Otherwise I would use some wood-filler. I suggest, that I had not sanded enough the backside of the fretboard (see last day) to achieve a totally flat neck-surface. If I would do the routing of the trussrod again I would not follow the instructions of the manufacturer and go one millimeter deeper. However I am still confident, that the neck-construction will work.
Next I drew lines to position the frets on the fretboard. My guitar will get an unusual scale of 660mm, a bit longer than a standard Fender-scale. I think, if I face the effort to build a guitar, I want to create something, which is not available on the market. I had used the very helpful fret-calculator on Stewmac to calculate the right positions for twenty-four frets. Next I secured a long lineal on my planned zero-fret, which I had marked before, and wanted to start to mark the frets. The results of the stewmac tool are calculated to the third digit behind the comma.
With a standard-lineal I can just hope to hit the positions as close as probably 0,5mm. So I did my best with a freshly sharpened pencil.
I had consciously left the neck and the fretboard as (hopefully) perfect rectangles to make it easier for me to mark the frets in perfect ninety degree angles. Stewmac suggests to measure the frets all from the nut (in my case a zero-fret). A helpful advice because before I had tried to measure from fret to fret, what would sum up little mistakes.
Next I thought it would be helpful later to have a perfect middle-line on the fretboard. When I later have to join the neck and the body it could help me to set the neck in a straight line.
Then I drew lines for the outer neck-dimensions. The neck should be 70mm wide at the body and 52mm wide at the zero-fret.
I placed a fret and the nut at the line of the zero-fret and marked the dimensions of both together.
When I planned how to build the guitar I wanted a non-angled headstock, but lower, than it can be found on a standard-stratocaster. The reason is, that I would like to get rid of a string-tree. But now the height-difference of the fretboard and the headstock seems a bit extreme and I also underestimated, that I have to leave enough material on the headstock to achieve a smooth transition between the fretboard and the headstock. We will see how I can deal with the situation. First I sanded this part until I hit the border, which I had drawn for the nut. I hope I can make it look smoother in the end, when the neck is carved completely.
Next I started to remove the unnecessary wood on the sides of the neck. After I had worked a while with the file I realized, that I would still file in 2019, if I would not find a faster method. I don’t dare to saw with a machine, because one wrong movement and a cut into the fretboard and I could throw the neck away. At last I have decided now to use the router to remove carefully material on the sides and leave enough space to the line to avoid mistakes. Then I will use the file again and at last the sanding paper on the aluminium-bar to achieve a straight line on both neck-sides. It will take some time … maybe I could go to a carpenter and let him saw it exactly … but I wanted to build it from scratch without help …
I don’t know, if I find time during the celebration-days to go on. I wish all readers Merry Christmas and I will go on latest on the 12/27/2017
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