The Cut Off / Scrap Wood Set Neck practice build

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  1. Laren

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    Hi guys. Just thought I'd create a thread for those interested.

    I've not built a set neck guitar before so I thought I'd give it a try to see how it's done, learn the pros and cons as it were. I'll be using a wrap around bridge so that I have to have a break angle on the neck.

    This doesn't have to be scrap/ cut offs it's just that I'm using them when I can.

    The body blank is basswood with scrap pieces top. The neck is all cut offs / scrap.

    So far (In no particular order) ...

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    Wow, that is going to be interesting! Watching this thread - I want to see how this turns out!
     
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    :lol::lol::lol: So do I.

    The full story (so far) is in bits on the "what's on you bench" thread.
     
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    Waaaaaay cool!!!
     
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    Well that went on fine but now the ends of my fret slots are full of glue. Trying to clean them out should be fun

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    What a fantastic project.
     
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    Very creative use of scrap wood. I bet you recycle too, eh?
     
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    Not more than anyone else no. I just saw a line of **** ups ahead so thought I'd use stuff I wouldn't usually use. :lol:
     
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    when i see those colorfull pieces i can't stop thinking of Coldplay
     
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    Looks like PVA glue...best practice is to get it out when the glue is not fully cured, say, 45 minutes to an hour or so after glue up at that point where you "can" unclamp but full cure (24 hours) hasn't occurred. It's very pliable at that point and in this case, you can lever it out with something that's about the same width as the fret slot with a squared off end. If you plan on doing binding on fingerboards with nipped tangs, you may want to invest in one of those small, specialised fret slot cleaning saws that are like a toothed chisel...they are ideal for this exact job.
     
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    Now you tell me :lol: I'll remember for next time. Unfortunately those fret slot cleaning saws aren't available anywhere in the UK. nobody has them. I've been looking for one for ages.

    Cheers Jim.
     
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    I will not be defeated :lol:

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    That is another advantage of clamping the binding in place and wicking water thin CA along the seam. You can put enough CA on the seam to glue the binding in place but keep it away from the slots. I use the point of an Xacto knife as well as that little StewMac push/pull saw to clean out the slots. Make a gauge out of a piece of fretwire to check the slot.

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    The archtop that is currently on my bench will get three purfling lines plus the outside binding. Benedetto says to put the purfling on first and then slice thru it with a 0.020 saw, then add the binding. I've not done it that way before, we'll see how it goes.
     
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    I'm where it is available but haven't bought it (Stew Mac price is ridiculous) but use everything from Exacto homemade from a file. Nice pics, keep it up :)
     
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    Is my break angle right

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    Getting there. Most of the fret slots are clear for frets. I'm just going to have to be careful with some of them. That's a question "how much tang can you actually cut off"? Just the carving to do now.

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    I never go beyond 1/16" between the binding and the tang (not intentionally)
     
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    And commit :eek:

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    Getting there ;)

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