Bob J’s 2021 brotherhood build - thinline

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  1. Bob J

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    OK, time to start shaping the neck. I'm doing this the old fashioned way (rasps, files and sand paper), and it's my first neck, so here goes. I'm modeling it after an Eric Clapton V shape I saw the specs of on Fenders site. My son (who is the biggest inspiration for this build) talked about an EC V-profile he just loved, so I thought I would give it a shot.

    First I cut grooves at the first and twelfth frets, to set the thickness a little larger than the specs.
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    Then I took off most of the material between the two with the router.
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    and smoothed it out
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    drew my primary facet lines
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    and went to work.
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    I guessed where to put the guide lines, about 1/3 of the way on both the back and the side. It's starting to look like it will turn out a little more "D" shaped than "V" shaped, any guidance on how to get this to a soft V?
     
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  3. Bob J

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    Thanks, that helps. While I think about it I'll rough-in the headstock transition.
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    That will occupy my hands while the brain tries to work...
     
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    While the neck profile slowly takes shape, starting on hollowing out the body.
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    hog out some unneeded wood with the drill press and forstner bits
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    and rough out with a chisel.
     
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    Much easier to get into the groove this morning with the drill press. 5E4B4054-C712-4496-AC02-D5F959968DF4.jpeg
    Being 20 degrees cooler helps.
     
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    And routed. 4FB11A2A-A3FC-424C-90EA-23DDCC2F43B5.jpeg
    Got a little tear out, glad it’s on the inside. 9EF1A8B6-C50A-4802-B687-57D095A4D039.jpeg
    Finishing question:
    I’m planning to tint the neck, and possibly the body with a few coats of amber shellac. Do I need vinyl sealer after that and before the clear lacquer coats?
     
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    Shellac is frequently used as a sealer by itself. It is the one finish that stick to almost anything and almost anything sticks to it. I've switched from using shellac as a sealer to vinyl modified lacquer because I want to spray it and I can't spray shellac.

    However the cardinal rule applies here just like any other finishing question - practice on scraps of your wood with your products.
     
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    You mean these
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    (actual cut-offs from the same boards used for the neck and body).

    just waiting for some shellac flakes to dissolve…
     
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    Oh, and ordered pickups today, Bootstrap Palo Duro for the bridge, and Squeaky Clean P90 for the neck.
     
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    Finished routing the cavities.
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    And roughly cut out to tele shape with the jigsaw. 372259F6-50A9-46A6-9DEF-E8C025057ED0.jpeg
    Marking the final outline for the top. E205C3A1-5740-4F4A-86CB-D97C988F7106.jpeg
    And cut out a bit more carefully. The plan is to screw the top to the template, route the final shape, glue the top to the body, and use the top as a routing guide for the rest of the body.

    Before I glue it up, going to add the obligatory dowels to reinforce the strap button screws. E1372EE6-FB73-405C-A5B6-4E5DB089221C.jpeg
    Using walnut dowel for that darker tone!
     

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    body and top prior to gluing, final outline routing, pickup routing and neck pocket. Just over 4 lbs, not sure if I can call it light weight…

    And some documentation inside before glue up. 3FC26A70-4575-4630-A36B-CF5B66028EFF.jpeg
     
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    …and the obligatory “every clamp in the shop” photo…
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    Out of the clamps, and routing the body to match the top. C5D2EC87-D62C-49B7-BF88-AFBEEB9BBD95.jpeg
    Just a little tear out
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    And a preliminary round-over.
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    I say preliminary because I’d like to take a little more material off the back to expose some fresher wood, and the front has developed a slight bow (probably during gluing), you can see the marks where the center contacted the router table during the routing steps. I’ll flatten that and redo the round-over.
    Lost a little weight since yesterday, now under 4 lbs!
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    Flattened out the top. 24E9E369-0CDB-481A-8A5F-4C4C6EF21A48.jpeg
    My routing jig uses the shop vac to hold the body in place. Works really well. CF0A8EF5-FF28-4778-A503-D472042237D4.jpeg
    And took a little off the back. 7CB3ED7D-078B-4CBB-847C-1C965A550A85.jpeg
    Not a horrible looking piece of wood, a couple of nice beauty marks. Final thickness 1.650”. And as a bonus I didn’t expose any of the points from drilling out the body!
     
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    OK, made a template for the neck pocket and bridge pickup cavity.
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    The neck pocket measures correct depth according to the T Downs drawing I have (0.625), but it looks a little shallow to me.
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    This is my first. does it look right? The body below the neck looks really thick, and the frets seem to sit pretty high above the top...
     
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    You want a total neck heel thickness of 1" wood to fit into a .625 neck cavity, leaving you 3/8 proud. A pickguard is about 1/8" thick ( .090) to take up some of that space.
     
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    If memory serves it's 5/8 deep and dont forget theres a pickgarde that sits on there and eats up another 1/8 or so, neck should be 1 inch. looking good.
    edit Marty beat me too it. :)
     
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    Thanks guys, forgot about the pick guard. I need to keep that in mind for the next one (yes, already planning the next one, with no pick guard!).
     
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    I always check for the 3/8" measurement from the body to the highest point of the neck as Marty said.
     
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    After a little sanding, recut the roundover, under 3 1/2 lbs. Once I route the cavity for the P90, drill for the jack, cut out the control cavity and drill some wire routing, I bet I'll be close to 3 lbs.
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    And its starting to look pretty nice too!
     
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