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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by thecableguy, Jul 20, 2013.
I'm never telling!!!
A really fine looking project Brian!
Good to hear from you Dave! Thanks for peeking in!
Did the standard cut, sand, route.
Except I didn't route off the part left on the bottom.
The back of the body isn't completely flat and it rocks a bit on the table. Didn't feel like breaking out the router sled tonight. I'm going to try and stop in at a shop tomorrow and run it through the guy's drum sander. He's got a little wood selling / woodworking business and said I can come in anytime and use the equipment. Might clean up the neck on his jointer as well.
Subscribed. I am nursing a bass/gitar idea myself. In my head it is called a "basstar". ;-)
Oh yeah, I picked this up today:
For when I shape the neck.
Cool! Make sure you post it when you build it.
no, but I agree that rosewood looks great. Nice work so far. great that you've got advice coming in almost as fast as you ask the question. love that about this place.
Nice to see a new spokeshave coming into the world. Make sure you get plenty of practice with it before you unleash it on your neck, though; there's a certain knack. Namely, make sure the blade's nice and sharp and DON'T grasp the handles too hard.
Thanks for the advice. Is it easy for it to dig in and take out too much material?
Yep, TDPRI rocks.
Need to thin the neck to 3/4". But first I need to modify my router sled.
I added some angle aluminum to the rails to toughen it up and make the router slide better.
Make a hole for the headstock to fit through.
Didn't take a pic but I used a jigsaw.
Clamp it down and take off a sixteenth.
Flip it around and repeat with the depth setting unchanged on the router.
Did a second pass to take it to final depth.
Perfect, just over 3/4, and the thickness is within 1 thousandth all around the neck.
I need to somehow cut a fretboard from this.
I ripped it on the table saw. I'm not going to try resawing it on my little bandsaw though.
I'm gonna have to take it to my friend's shop and resaw it.
Hey all, didn't get too much done tonight, but it did get a fretboard blank made.
I just resawed it on the table saw slightly less than halfway through. Flipped it over lengthwise and did it again. Finished the cut on the bandsaw.
Taped it to the neck and stuck it in the router sled.
One pass to take it to just over 1/4". When I route and sand the radius I'll finalize the thickness.
Beautiful fingerboard Brian!
Thanks Chris, I got it at Windsor Plywood.
Beautiful fret board. I've not heard of Santos rosewood either, but I definitely wouldn't hesitate using it
Oh yes. Especially when pushing it.
I usually just sort of pinch the tool between my thumbs and forefingers; this helps with control, but it also helps ensure you take nice light cuts at the beginning. As you get going, the middle fingers will start coming into play; I almost never wrap an entire hand around the handles.
Then, you want to sneak up on the right blade depth, sort of like a handplane but with less margin for error. Spokeshaves can have a VERY fine line between "not cutting at all" and "ruining your workpiece."
Lastly, I almost always skew the spokeshave as I'm cutting; this steepens the effective angle of the bevel, while making it easier to get the cut started.
Aside from all that, pay attention to the basics, know your grain direction, and remember you can pull this tool as well as pushing it. Usually, one way will be a lot easier than the other.
Practice first! Once you get the hang of it, there's no better tool for neckmaking.
And then some!
That Santos rosewood sure looks beautiful! Nice neck work, I like the hole in the table.. worked a treat and looking great!
Thanks Roger. It's apparently from Bolivia.