Alternative tools to shape a neck

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  1. guitarbuilder

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    It's some tool that nobody can identify on the Bad dog forum.
     
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    My favorite tool is a farrier’s file/rasp (Pic) then I use a combination of deferent files, I also use a spoke-shave, cabinet scrapers and sandpaper. I also bought one of these ( https://www.rockler.com/japanese-saw-rasp) to try used it for a Ukulele neck it worked really well now I can’t find for anything. Screen Shot 2019-04-15 at 11.50.27 AM.png Screen Shot 2019-04-15 at 11.50.10 AM.png
     
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    Lol. Many of us would like to know... but then again... perhaps not ;)
     
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    I'm pretty sure they're called Shinto files.

    I've got the long one with the single handle, and I've definitely been impressed by how well it works. I'm a file fanatic :).

    They're fine cut on one side and coarse on the other and very controllable, which makes them great for a facet type cut like on a neck.

    Ya can lean into it with the coarse side and really remove some material, or go with the fine side with a delicate touch and take off just a whisker. Excellent tool.

    I'd love to see them offered in a half-round style.



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    +1 on the spoke shave, that's the way luthiers have been doing it for centuries!
     
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    I think you'll find that a flat and a round Microplane will be money well spent; they're useful for all kinds of wood shaping tasks.

    After shaping the profile at the transition and the heel with rasps, I connect the dots with a block plane. I have spokeshaves but never got the hang of them (I probably didn't tune them properly and they chatter).

    Fender custom shop guys at a Roadshow event mentioned that when copying a profile of an existing neck they use a piece of heavy solder to form a pattern and then trace that onto card stock.
     
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    Shinto saw rasp and regular half rounded and flat rasp. Then sandpaper. Will try the next one using a spokeshave and/or scrapers.
     
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    I never used a spoke shave much but once i learned how to sharpen it and spent the time to get the blade adjustment just right they work great.
     
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    I use a spokeshave, rasp, file and some sandpaper. Contour by eye until it ‘feels right’. Take caliper measurements at 1st/3rd/12 fret frequently
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