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Let's make a neck!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    On the plus side, my cnc computer died a week or so ago and I replaced it with an old one I had here with windows 7. Since that computer doesn't have a printer port, I use an adapter. I think it is called a UC100. Anyway, I had to reinstall mach3 and go through all the issues with getting it to work with ports and pins and home settings and motor speeds...blah blah blah.

    One thing that now works is my auto zero touch probe, which I haven't been able to use for a year or so. Now I need to make something with it.
     

  2. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    That is an inspiring save!

    On that port adapter... good to know there is one that works there. USB is notorious for not handling hardware handshaking on adapters which is sometimes a problem and sometimes not. And yes I've been contemplating whether there might be a diy cnc in my future. I'm not in a rush and will need some time to research it but there are some fun use cases (much as I love my chisels).
     

  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County


    This is it. It was simple to install.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TPBGXII/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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  4. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Holic

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    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I've really been enjoying this thread.
    Thank you.:)
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    Jeff
     

  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County

  6. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I cnc'd a pattern out of 1/4 birch ply. I made it .005 larger all the way around to give me some material to sand back.


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  7. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I trimmed off the excess maple on the sides of the neck on the bandsaw.


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  8. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I stuck the pattern on top of the neck with some double sided duct tape and flush trimmed the sides of the shaft f5.jpg f6.jpg .
     

  9. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Lastly I sanded the end on the belt portion and the radii of the neck on the drum of the edge sander.


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  10. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Moving forward I wanted to drill holes and shape the peghead. I stuck the pattern on the back and traced it. I used a drill bit to locate the centers through the pattern holes. The brad points aren't here yet.... so I used this one. I spun it around by hand and it makes a small dent.


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  11. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Next I cut off the waste leaving the line to sand to. I nibbled a bit more off after the second photo was taken to reduce the sanding task.



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  12. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I went to the edge sander and sanded the straight edge to the line. This sander is a 6 x48 and has decent room for this kind of task. p4.jpg
     
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  13. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Then I went to the drum portion and did as much as the drum would allow, which was most of it for this shape. I'm obviously not copying Fender's trademark here.


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  14. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I needed the 1/2" drum from the ross for the littlest radius.

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  15. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Next to the drill press and a wooden fence. A hunk of wood about 3/4" thick to support the peghead during drilling would have been helpful here, but I managed. p11.jpg p12.jpg p13.jpg
     

  16. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Then a little drilling into the hole to remove the leftover and avoid the dreaded split out.



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  17. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    After a little clean up with the orbital and a couple strokes with a sanding block to remove the razor sharp edges. You'll notice that there is no tear out when you sand. :) p15.jpg
     
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  18. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

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    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Nice work!

    For a future fretboard: Maple fretboard until the 10th fret - on the 11th fret do a transitional effect and the 12th fret up have a Ebony fretboard.
     
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  19. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Moving on with the truss rod nut access. The brad point bits came yesterday. I made a 2 degree angle jig to support the brad point bit for the heel end. t1.jpg
     

  20. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    First I drilled in with a 1/4" brad point. Then I enlarged it about a half inch deep with my 3/8 twist drill, then finally drilled with a 3/8 brad point to get a flat end. This goes in 1" deep or so.

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