Looks like you're in "that spot" that all those clippers and other storms are hitting as they move east while low pressure areas coming up our eastern US coast are keeping them north, although I have some woodworking friends in western/northwestern PA that are getting similar to you.Couldn’t get to the bench.
Another 10”/25cm of snow this morning till now. Still coming lightly.
Went out on the tractor & dunked it out enough, so the Mrs. could get to work in the morning.
Going through Thunder Bay now.
I’m the top-left red bubble. Dryden.
Got the start of a neck blank made for my first time attempting to make a neck from scratch. Mahogany on the edges, alternating Wenge and Maple in the middle. I'll be building it with a scarf joint and the headstock piece will be wider than this blank, naturally.
The piece of Wenge on the right will be used for the fretboard.
Still plenty of final math double checking before I cut that scarf angle, I really don't want to mess this up and have to go buy more planks! (We just got a massive snow dump)
I adopted 16 degree head angle early on, that is a common Gibson angle and close enough for most paddle and even slot heads. The nice think about standardizing is that you can build some jigs and use them on several necks. My little neck carving support makes carving much easier.
You will also have to decide whether to put the head on the bottom of the neck stick or the end - I've done both and there are advantages to each, it might come down to your laminations. You will get a curved join line somewhere on the back of the neck and if you stack the heel you will get some join lines there too.
I normally make mine out of one board - laminating like you are doing will make the cut super critical - when you flip the head over you will want to make sure the laminations line up perfectly. I use a 3 inch wide board - both a Gibson and a Martin head will just fit into 3 inches. If your lamination is less wide you'll need wings on the head. Glue them on later - you want to do every operation that requires square straight sides while you have square straight sides.
Last little cautionary note, when you clamp the head to the neck stick it will want to slide around - we glue is a great lubricant. I have tried different ways to jig this up but the toothpick trick shown in the thread does work pretty well. Put them where you will cut away wood and I like tooth picks instead of metal because I'll be routing and sawing there.
Good luck. Ping me if you have any questions
Nice work! Since you're developing this for sale, I'm assuming you've gotten a release from Jack Daniels in order to use their IP?
Thank you. I wrote that I am doing this for sale? We selling parts and a line of prototypes 1949-1851 usually. Time to time starting projects like this one. Perhaps the next two tools I will make for sale. I think I'll send the designs to the JDNice work! Since you're developing this for sale, I'm assuming you've gotten a release from Jack Daniels in order to use their IP?