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Lil bit of progress, neck & fretboard coming along. I'm hoping that with sanding/radiusing the fretboard the inlays will sharpen up.

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Sorry for picture overload of boring stuff, but I'm using this site as my personal build journal :)

 

 

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Slowly but surely. Rough cut neck, took a visit to clamp city and routed 

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I wanted some more length on the fretboard so added a scrap at last fret hope it’ll be hard to spot at the heel. Kinda concerned it’ll pop off if truss rod is tightened too much, guess time will tell…

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Looking fantastic, the dots are cool. I don't think your fretboard extension will experience significant stress, a welded truss rod resisting un up bow will push up on the fretboard in the middle and down on the neck at the ends.  I have only ever seen one guitar with a back bow (a Gibson Les Paul Custom and brand new), and I am guessing even in that incredibly rare situation you would need a lot of pressure to pop the end of the fretboard off, does anyone know?

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Did some neck work today

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Sure wish I had a bandsaw with more clearance 

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Still working on the transition curve

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Finished (mostly) the head/fretboard transition

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Then carved out the side dot cavities, in tear drop shape 

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filled with epoxy/wood dust mix ... 

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1 hour ago, Bizman62 said:

You sure don't make things easy for yourself!

Sure I do, I mean it’s not like I carved little tiny wood tears to go in there… I did consider it though

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9 hours ago, JayT said:

not like I carved little tiny wood tears

Now that you said that, I realized that you didn't.

Carving the tears or rather a tear shaped rod shouldn't have been too much of an effort compared to carving the tear shaped holes! The shape looks easy but getting the points point to the same direction is a task I've heard highly experienced luthiers struggle with.

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18 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

getting the points point to the same direction is a task

Fortunately I centered them on the fretboard/neck seam…easy enough to drill a hole then take my tiny chisel to punch out the V part right on that line

Did some neck carving today

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a little more of a D contour than I like so tomorrow will have to tweak

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Sanding sucks…but got a nice radius with this janky guide 

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Getting close to finished neck

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now for question time— any advice on sealing/not sealing the finger board?

I’ve got some options but (as usual) a unsure the best route here. If any at all

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For what I've understood maple is too dense for any pore fillers and such. Oil can be used but it will soon wear out and be replaced by gunk made of fingertip grease, sweat and fine metal dust of strings and frets. Dark fretboard woods usually are oily by nature, the fretboard oil only enhancing the grain, so they don't suck dirt as much. That's the main reason maple fretboards are lacquered rather than left natural or oiled. As I said oil potentially wax finished will work but it should be cleaned and redone often to keep it clean.

That said, there's people who really like the dirty fingermarks on a maple fretboard.

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I really like how you handled the carve around the hole in the headstock-and the way you are carrying that shape thru the project. I have heard good things about tung and tru oil for maple necks but have not tried them myself. I am hoping to try on my current build-but thats a ways off. Some form of hard finish is the typical way to go. 

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I'd like to add that an oiled and waxed maple neck is fantastic compared to lacquered. The palm sliding on the back of the neck doesn't cause such wear as the fingertips do on the fretboard.

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Back from OBX vacation and did some work - frets in

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I messed up my drill press trying to use as an arbor press, after 3 frets I went back to good ole hammer and worked so much better- I bet I can tighten something in that drill press to make it stop slipping

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Progress report...made a template for the pick guard.

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Found centerline using this laser level thing I received 17 years ago as a gift from mother-in-law to hang pictures or something. I've only ever used it for guitar making...and bonus I figured out the red googles it comes with is for seeing the beam better in bright rooms. I gotta start reading directions, I thought it was to proect my eyes from the blinding beam or something :) so of course I never used them

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routed the neck pocket...

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...and got a nice tight pocket. 

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Starting to look like something resembling a guitar!

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Routed the pu cavity and drilled some holes, attached neck …

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but at 48mm thick the body was a bit too honking so I decided to route off 3mm from the back end

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it didn’t work out as planned, -the body scraps and leaving “ rails” was a bad idea — the non-sled I rigged up kept leaving ruts, 3mm became 5mm then 7.5mm 

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so after chiseling, planning, and sanding it went from a “chunky meaty body” to a “slim lightweight body” it is what it is

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round the edges & carved belly cut but sine it’s on the thinner side now I’m not going to make a forearm contour, trying to avoid neck dive

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but I’m happy with it I suppose- almost panicked and scrapped the whole thing- glad I took a breath 😀

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