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I need to know if anyone has designed a jig that simplifies this process.

In the near future, I will be starting a shop that will be building bodies, but this is the only aspect that is causing me grief.

I know that most of you hand shave these to specs, but in the interest of turn-around time for my customers, I will need to come up with something less time consuming.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I know I have used two very different methods to take the meat of the wood away.

One involved a spindle sander using heavy grit, took about 5 minutes to get the job done.

The other was with a stand up 1" belt sander and took about 15 minutes.

I still can't figure out how to cut away the majority of the wood in that area without over doing it, anybody else?

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outside of how the big boys do it (CNC machines) it's basically by hand, however, if you have a big enough band saw, you can cut the arm recess, and with a decent jig and a large diameter blade you can remove material in a hurry on a table saw in the tummy cut out. just run it across the blade, and keep adjusting the height. then smooth it with a rasp, then sand paper.

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  • 2 weeks later...

For a high speed cutter/shaper look up part number SPCPF over at Luthiers Merchantile. It's a router attachment that has bearings.......

Does a simular job as a spindle sander, just doesn't have the same motions.

Definatly a major carnage sort of tool though, so be careful......

Only cost's $52.00

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