Today’s working day started with the neck-joint, which I reduced from 36mm to 25mm. I used the router again and ended with a not totally flat surface, so I will sand it later. Though I had constructed two supports for the router it had slided a bit, because my clamps were not tight enough. I had not tightened them so hard, because they leave marks in the maple-wood, which I have to sand later. Maple is more sensitive to clamps, then I had suspected before and though I use cardboard to protect the wood I have already registered some marks from the clamps.
The next step was the fun-part of today. I confess, that I am not feeling comfortable, when I work with machines. I like more to work with hand-tools and shaping the neck was time-consuming but fun. And it’s also a creative work, because I don’t feel restricted to fixed dimensions and measures. I started as I had observed it on some tutorials on Youtube and used the file with long movements back and forth along the sides of the neck. I had clamped the neck exactly at the edge of my working desk to prevent damages on the fretboard. After the filing I continued the work with sanding paper. Don’t wonder about the neck-profile and remember, that I want to build a guitar, which is not available on the market. So my guitar here features an extreme U-profile. To make it easier to achieve the desired U-profile I had marked before an area of 20mm in the middle of the neck.
Next I started to work on the transition between the neck and the headstock. This task was much harder than the neck-profile, because I struggles to create a smooth transition. I had marked the transition-area with a pencil. Then changed between the file and sanding paper. But I am still not satisfied with this work and will continue tomorrow.
Outlook: Tomorrow I want to finish the headstock-transition and the transition between the neck and the neck-joint. Second I will flatten the surface of the neck-joint. If there is still time I could
- Think over to copy my special “design” from the backside of the headstock to the front
- Glue in the frets
- Drilling holes for the tuning machines
- Cut the slot for the nut
I am still feeling very motivated and I could work on the guitar eight hours a day …
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