bit size for neck screw holes in body...?

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  1. mgwhit

    mgwhit Tele-Holic

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    I know I've read here (and elsewhere) that the holes in the body for attaching the neck should be big enough for the screws to pass through without really biting into the wood. The holes on my pine body are a bit small. What size bit would you recommend and how loose can you go?
     
  2. Ricky D.

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    11/64" should give you a clearance hole that's not too sloppy. You want the screw to pass through easily without engaging.

    If it was mine, I'd drill a test hole in a piece of scrap and be certain the fit is good before drilling the body.
     
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    Thanks! That's exactly what I'll do.
     
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    The Terry Downs drawing says 0.166 in. dia. That's awfully close to the 11/64 Ricky D suggested. Probably as close as you can get. Just off by ~0.006 in.
     
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    3/16 has worked alright for me. That translates to .1875 -- larger than the Downs drawing, but not outrageously oversized. Plus, I have a nice brad point bit in 3/16 that I like to use, and that'd be harder to find in a 64th size.
     
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    Thanks, everyone. I was looking for the Downs template in the Resources section and hadn't found it. I just did a search for it, found the link and saved a copy.
     
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