johnuk Posted October 10, 2003 Report Share Posted October 10, 2003 Oh my g-awd I'm knackered! [You'll find out why in a second] I've just realised I can't post ACSII style pictures here, ignore the words [space] I bought a 1/4" router bit last night to set about my guitar to be with. I have chosen a design for my guitar where-by the neck travels all the way thru the body but rather than being between the sides of the guitar, the neck sits in a pocket routed into the body. I believe this is called a deep set neck or something similar. Brake out the ACSII art! Top down of body: ------........------ |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| |XXX|...... |XXX| ------........------ Side of body: --------- [ space ] --------- |XXXXX|..............|XXXXX| |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX| |-----------------------------| The scaling is quite far off on the second picture but it's not too bad. The channel is 146mm wide and runs the length of the guitar down to 17 - 19mm in depth. First of all, I route that entire thing with 1/4" bit, okay, not toooo bad. Then I began to block sand the routing marks off the cavity. Roughly 5 hours of sanding later, I'm were I am now. I can see it taking another 5 hours at least to block sand the cavity perfectly square. I have roughly 3-4mm left before there will be no neck / body step (not including the finger board). So I have about 1 - 2mm left to leave me with a 1-2mm step. I thought now would be a good time to ask your opinions on how I should level the cavity off. I have at my disposal: - Lots of time Router Belt Sander & Orbital Sander I didn't want to use the router anymore because it's prooving to be a real pain in the ass! I know that the top of my body is flat, so I started getting insane ideas for neat ways of getting the cavity perfectly level by sanding. More ACSII art! Special cavity tool: |**********************| Long piece of wood ************************ [..space..] ***** Short block attached to bottom of wood [..space..] ***** [..space..] SSSSS Sanding paper I thought I would press the long piece against the body top and then sand until the long piece was resting against the body top, meaning it was at the correct depth. I don't have a hand plane, but would one be accurate enough for this kind of work? Thanks again and sorry it's so long! I'm very new to all this wood working stuff, I'm much more used to metal, so I need to ask a load of questions! John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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