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I just noticed a cool thing being done with a bench hook.
One of the handiest tools to have in a hand tool shop is a bench hook.. In its simplest form, it serves as just a backstop to hold a piece while sawing or otherwise working on it. There's a fence on each side, one to hold against the bench and the other to hold the material being worked on. It's a simple tool, a fence, one easily constructed from scraps in the shop. Indeed, over the years I have constructed many - none really worthy of showing here, and the last I had was long ago used up as material in another project (something that seems to happen to the jigs in my shop all the time...).
For a great deal of the work one does, it doesn't have to be anymore than that.
A few days ago, the latest Evenfall Woodworks blog entry went through the old Norsewoodsmith aggregator caught my attention. He is showing off his latest offering, a bench hook. I know, I know - but here was a real cool idea - a new twist on a simple tool. Read more about A Cool Idea
I'm getting a little ahead, truth is there is one little area of shaping left to do. When the fingerboard is radiused, the transition between the headstock is affected and looks a little off to me. Read more about Fretting
In this chapter of the scratch built guitars saga I will continue the work on the necks... In the last chapter I slotted for the frets and installed fingerboard marker dots... Now I will round the back of the neck and put a 9-1/2" radius on the face of the fingerboard, and install the marker dots on the sides.
The ongoing saga of the scratch built guitars continues... In the last chapter installed the caps that cover the truss rods. In this chapter, I'll cut the slots for the fretwire, and make/install the fingerboard dots
Had I only been doing a single neck, I might have just went ahead and marked the fingerboard out for the fret slots and cut them. But since I am doing three, some sort of template seemed in order.
I did buy Stew-Mac's fret slotting miter box for the job, but I didn't want to spring the $40 dollars for their fret scale template. I was past the point of available cash, so - I decided I would make my own. The miter box has a small indexing pin in it these templates use, so I figured to use it as well, by cutting slots for it in a bar of aluminum. Read more about Slots and Dots