Dead Simple Neck Carve jig...

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by John Nicholas, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah... I know... there are tons of threads about building jigs to automate the process of the neck carve. They are awesome, but I have not found any I'm willing to devote the time and energy to build quite yet.

    I got some wood from work... 2x12 Douglas fir that was used as a guard rail. It was hit and broken, so the Facilities dept knows I'm always on the hunt for wood, so they called me!

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    Wasn't sure what to use this stuff for... but I had a neck to carve and my typical method is to carve the neck while holding it my lap on a high stool. It's not the best way to do it, but it works.

    I had seen a couple of variants on this type of jig in the past, but just didn't bother because I wanted to build one of the fancy ones. Trouble is, there is only so much time in a day/week to devote to building, so something simple would have to do for now.

    This jig will be even easier for a flat neck, but to make it more interesting and fun, the neck to be carved has a 10 degree headstock.

    It's so simple, just a bit of measuring on your part and cut the jig out!

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    Just a couple of clamps to hold the neck in place. I used some old denim as a soft layer between the neck and the jig.

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    Then just rasp, file, sand until the neck is carved. I also picked up this handy little tool...

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    Works great!

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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You made that look easy!
    My first thought was how I would break the jig, because I usually have that as my first thought.
    But next I thought was I wanna make a neck...

    Right now I'm working on getting rid of some stuff in the garage...

    Edit: Too much wood from work taking up space in my "workshop"...
     
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    Nice man. I really need to pick up one of those stewmac neck profile things. It's cheap enough that I should just throw it in my cart for my next order.
     
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  4. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Friend of Leo's

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    Not sure how you could break this jig!! It's pretty tough!! :D

    I store some of my "junk" wood out in the shed... and this stuff is headed out there.

    Thank you!

    That's exactly what I did, added the neck profile thingy to my last StewMac order.
     
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