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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by peterg, Sep 21, 2021.
Do you build to order? I'm looking to buy a telecaster neck (C radius nothing special).
I no longer do custom work for others due to the hassles involved with customers, but I responded to your PM.
Came to say this. As someone with a lot less experience than a lot of you here, order of operations seems to be more important than how long any one task takes. I’ve built about a dozen necks, for a fender style my order is
Dimension blank and board
Establish centerline and cut truss rod
Clamp together and wait
Slot board glue to blank
Wait a few days, check for movement
Drill tuner pilot holes
Thickness headstock while edges are still square
Binding channel if necessary
Sand sand sand
It took me a few tries to get this order but this yields the best/most repeatable/most efficient results from my small shed shop
The first neck takes a hundred times longer than the second one. So don't count building the templates (plural, because you'll experiment with different nut widths, and there's the Strat/Tele heel profile issue), making the trussrod-channel routing jig, finding a way to index or mark your fret slots (let alone some arrangement to control depth on the saw when cutting the slots), and making a radius profile sanding block. You may or may not want to make profile cards for the neck carve (use a thick piece of solder molded to a neck you like, then trace it and make cutouts of stiff cardboard to check your carving progress). Tuner drilling jig (or carefully located index holes on the main template). Oh, and the angle drilling jig for headstock plug on the trussrod nut.
You'll be fine. Trust me it's very rewarding every time somebody says, "Really, you made the neck? How did you get the trussrod in there??"