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Muzz

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I rasped off most of the fretboard excess, then sanded

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ready for the spoke shave next

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Gotta put the side spots in too

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That ruler is flat out like a lizard drinking

Would he have to get as full as a millipede's sock drawer to get laid out flat from drinking like that?

I love the handle on your rasp. You always come up with the coolest work aids made from the simpleist materials. I too have used a long level as a flat bar for truing up the fretboard during radius sanding.

This is an excellent build thread Muzz, lots of easy to use ideas.

SR

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:D I am sure he would! Cheers Scott, the long level is a great tool with some sticky sandpaper on it, some even have grooves in the surface and can be used as they are.

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Putting in the side dots

Drilling a 2 mm hole through a disc of pespex

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I scribed a line just under a mm below the lowest part of the hole

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line up the scribed line with the bottom of the fretboard and the hole with the measured mark

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Drilled through the guide, bit of glue on the side dot plastic pieces and pushed them in

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I'll let the glue set then trim them off

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Another clever idea. Did you have any trouble holding that guide in place while you were drilling?

SR

I have been wanting to try that out for ages, I wonder if anyone has made their own templates out of perspex? and if it is hard to do? With those 6 mm deep side holes I just held the the guide down as I drilled, no trouble, all OK. I tried clamping it, but to do that effectively would need a bigger piece of perspex, I must order some to experiment with.

Cutting off the prickles

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Project so far

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I took a deep breath and prepared to take out the damaged dot at the 12th fret, placed a 6 mm hole over the dot

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lined it up, I don't want any partial moons

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and put the brad point drill in the hole, the theory was that the point would find the original centre hole and line up, it worked OK

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drilled in a bit more then epoxyed the last dot I had in

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I'll knock the top off that later (said the actress to the bishop) :D

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If the body was square at the heal, the neck would join the body at the 17th fret, but I have a curve that extends 6 mm and shaves a bit off the lower edge.

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I drew the position of the 17th fret on the back of the neck and lined up the template on the neck

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so I can draw in where the body will meet the neck

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Re-cutting the fret slots

The radius faded out the slots, I cut them to 2.5 mm deep, marked the side of the fret board

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also marked 2.5 mm on the saw, cut to that depth

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lower than 12 frets don't fit into the mitre box, switched to clamped block

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Carving the neck

I drilled 3 little holes, 3 mm deep at the top of the neck, 2 mm deep in the middle, 1 mm at the base, those holes let me keep track of how much wood has been removed, I don't want to sand through to the truss rod, when the middle holes disappear it's time to stop

Rasping in

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My fav part of guitar building, spoke shaving the neck

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rounding off with the rasp

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checking the symmetry

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Cheers, SD, I have seen some sand throughs on this forum, that must be nasty to see in real life.

Taking the curve to the edge

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most of the rough sanding done, wow that rosewood dust stains, not sure how to get that off the heel, I don't want to sand a 20 mm heel at all. Lesson learnt, mask off maple when sanding a rosewood fretboard.

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My new set of knobs for my old Marshall arrived today from UK, first time in years that amp hasn't had an odd set

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Neck shaping-what fun! I'm going to have to get going on one before much longer, my fingers are getting itchy.

SR

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Go for it Scott, so relaxing to sit out in the back garden, smoothing out a neck.

I saw this video on the weekend, looks like a good technique, I must try it out

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I put a ruler on the back of the neck, there was a slight (0.5 mm) scoop in the middle, I stuck some sandpaper to a piece of bunga meranti and dragged it sideways over the neck.

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got rid of the scoop

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Putting in the neck,

I figured I needed a 1 degree neck angle on this which is a rise of 4 mm for every 245 mm approx.

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Put the neck on a piece of mdf,and screwed pieces around the neck

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Hacked out most of the middle, routed out the rest

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lined it up on one side of the body

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Lined up the other end, there is a drill bit in the centre line of the template that I can see through the hole and this lines up on the centre line of the guitar

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There is a 9 mm square piece of wood on the back rail to put the neck angle in

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Routing in

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Pocket finished

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Neck in, all OK

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And here is a picture of a fish instead of a shot of the body being held up by the neck with no screws

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If you really want to see the body sticking up in the air on its tight joint click http://i.imgur.com/KcEHpnE.jpg

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And here is a picture of a fish instead of a shot of the body being held up by the neck with no screws

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That's awesome! <_<

And the hole in the template to see the centerline is brilliant.

SR

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And here is a picture of a fish instead of a shot of the body being held up by the neck with no screws

That's awesome! <_<

And the hole in the template to see the centerline is brilliant.

SR

It is an awesome sight isn't it

and there was no way I was going to see that drill bit through the all those blocks without the hole :D

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I bought these Jet City "Retro Valves" out of pure curiosity

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and tried them out in a Marshall, interesting, amazing that they could get quite close to what actual valves sound like, but you can hear the difference and it is not an improvement :unsure:

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ooooh lured out by a Destroyer. I like Destroyers. This one looks to be shaping up nicely.

So far so good I am keeping my fingers crossed for a FUBAR not to occur.

Fret hammer (automotive polyurethane head hammer)

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Neck support jig (rolling pin holder)

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Little bit of superglue in the slot

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And I hammered the frets in, I really like these pre-cut frets, hardly any overhang and already radiused and tanged, fantastic :)

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Taking the time to get the neck and fretboard really flat paid off, frets are sitting very level, no real fret levelling needed, they will just need a light sand.

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Wow the Asian Cup match last night was incredible, all us Aussies were about to break open the champagne when Korea slammed an equalizing goal home with only minutes of extra time left, hey we got 30 more minutes of nail biting entertainment.

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Your back patio table always makes me think of a light table when I see it.

SR

Now that is a great idea, here is the backyard a couple of weeks back with party decorations, the light table would have fitted right in

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