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Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by BluesBlooded, May 13, 2015.
The design for the volute looks good Andre , nice work
Yup... It's good modeling work Andre.
Nice Andre. Try it out first on pine. I don't like the feel of a volute myself, as to me it feels like you are running into the heel, just at the other end of the neck.
Thanks Marty, I never had a guitar with a volute before. I will test it, I guess it's cumbersome only when playing on the first fret.
I did the pine neck test.
Compared to the neck without volute
I think it should work fine
Very impressive work Andre
Looking good Andre,
I was wondering if it would be better to do a scarf joint for the headstock. I seem to recall someone saying its stronger as the grain runs longer. The added bonus is the saving on wood.
Just a thought.
Thanks Herb, it's a lot easier with all the help you Guys are providing.
Thanks Matthew, I agree with you, I did a scarf joint on my last guitar and it is in my opinion a better solution and far more economical.
I'm building this one for my nephew so I'm trying to stay as close as possible to his specification. Furthermore he wants the neck natural, so a scarf joint would have been visible and ugly.
A scarf joint has its place, but not on a Les Paul..... YMMV.
I did the headstock inlay out of African Blackwood.
Came out quite nice.
Filled it with a clear cast solution with white pigment in.
In a couple of days,I will scrape/sand it down and test fit on the pine neck
Sweet ! Bits , feeds , speeds on the headstock inlay machining ? Should look great scraped and sanded
Nice work Andre, I am glad to see that you getting a master CNCing guy from day to day.
Thanks Herb, I used a 0.8mm end mill from drillman1 for the lettering at 12ipm max router speed at 0.4mm depth passes and a 3.175mm ball nose for the profile cut at 1mm depth at 50ipm
Thanks Nick, I'm getting better every time I used it. It's fun to see the improvement.
Now that my neck is satisfactory, it is now time for the real thing.
Here's the chunk of sapele
The original plan was to make two necks out of it.
So I cut the beam in two and started prepping the neck
I will try to make two necks out of this piece
So I cut my practice pine neck in two and use it to outline the necks
There is not that much room for mistakes
I traced a pencil line to for the bandsaw cut.
Now I will let sit this piece until tomorrow to see if it will move on me or not.
Meanwhile I started cleaning the binding
.... said the poor soul just before his LP got bumped off the amp it was leaning against. There is a lot of stress on that little piece of lumber between the narrow neck, truss-rod access hole, and thin headstock transition.
Leo Fender must have known about this problem when he designed the Tele? Or just accident due to using a flat board to save lumber costs?
PRS's S2 line is built in Maryland with a scarf joint. I saw the machine there in 2013 just after they set their process up.
Looks great, mon ami, I love that sapele! Your shop has really become an awesome weapon of guitar creation.
I have had a Gibson of one type or another since 1974. I never broke one of them. I'm lucky I guess, because a few did slip off the strap button a couple of times. I did however break a Flying V junior peghead that I was building, when it fell off my bandsaw table. That was the last time I got lazy.
Thanks my Friend! the shop is bit cramped now that I have the CNC but I'm still able to work, just have to move more things than before.
Cleaning the binding completed.
Filled some minor gaps with binding goo.
I need to prep the neck pocket and drill the jack hole and I should then be able to start sanding in preparation for the dye.
Guys, I need some advice. My chunk of sapele twisted a little bit over night. Very little.
I was thinking flattening it out again and wait another day before cutting it.
What should I do?