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How did Fender drill for truss rod in one piece neck?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TenaciousP, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Tele-Afflicted

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    Here is my setup. the 2 drill guide bushings are interchangeable. (3/16" and 3/8", screw in) I use a laser to align the neck with the drill guide, using a centerline on the neck. the neck shown is just for illustration. The drill guides are at a 3 degree angle. Works great. I only have done headstock Adjustable trussrods.


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  2. Joe D P

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    But wood shaper are costly. Can we use a wood router for this purpose?
     
  3. guitarbuilder

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    You can make a router jig like Jack Wells shows in his one piece neck thread. You theoretically can also use an arbor and slot cutter for routers with a sideways pattern, but I'm not sure that would be long enough to get to the middle of a neck. I have one...but never tried it.

    Whiteside has a 4" long one which probably could do the trick with the right cutter. A 3/4 bearing will allow you to go 9/16" deep. A fender neck slot is .613 deep from the back of the neck at the end of the skunk stripe. You of course have to consider the dia of the cutter too, so there would be some excavation necessary at those two points. The JWells concept is the way to go...curved ramps for the router over the neck wood.

    Whiteside Slot Cutter Arbor | Whiteside Router Bits (highlandwoodworking.com)




    Building A One Piece Neck......... | Telecaster Guitar Forum (tdpri.com)


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    Lastly you can program your home cnc router to do the slot with little effort if you know how to use the machine and do the CAD/CAM
     
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  4. TenaciousP

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    For routing the channel, I made a sled that goes between two aluminum angle fences on a baseboard. My binding channel floating router jig attaches to the baseboard. There is a rounded block underneath that rides on a curved rail on the sled causing the router to cut the curved channel as the sled is pushed though underneath.

    it’s a little overkill, but it works really well. It keeps the ends of the channel perpendicular to the neck surface. And the floating router part can easily be unbolted and reconfigured for binding channel use as needed.
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    That's a nice jig that would eliminate the tilted router issue in the jig that J. Wells came up with. The tilted router would just necessitate a little angle on the skunk stripe ends though to adjust for it. It also looks more rigid than the 2 slide one that I made for binding.
     
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    Thanks man!
    If I remember correctly, when I initially built the router part for doing binding, it only had two slides as well. I quickly found that adding two more at 90 degrees to the others really made it a lot more rigid. And being made from 3/4” plywood helps a lot too. It still has the tiniest bit of play, but it’s about as good as I can get without having expensive linear bearings.
     
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