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Woodworking Projects and Techniques

Truss Rods

The neck is shaped, but I didn't get to thinning the headstock - I guess I should have included it in the last entry - but it was getting a bit long, I thought.  Well, this one is longer, and now I have to put it here, just before the truss rods.  I need to, as I will need to drill into it there...

To thin down the headstock, first it's a trip through the bandsaw to remove the majority of the waste:

Once each was thinned, I made a quick and dirty thicknessing jig for the router:

Preparing the Neck Blanks

 In the continuing saga of my attempt to build a pair of guitars, it is time now to turn my attention to the guitars' necks...


 Now that I have the outer limit routed, and while the glue on the maple cap on the tele is drying, I turn to routing out the cavities on the strat using a the top bearing pattern router bit set from StewMac,  It's hard to find a better set than these, though I'm sure they exist - most have a longer cutting length, which can actually be a bit long in starting a cut  - and the smaller bit is handy for getting in those narrow channels and is even harder to find elsewhere.  I do have one, a 1/2" Freud bit with a 1" cutting length that was handy to have when the cavities started getting deep. 

Chambered and Capped

 With the maple cap glued up and drying, it's time to jump onto the main walnut body for the tele style.

Body Work

Now that I have the templates constructed, it's ime to get to work on the axes themselves.  The strat-style guitar will get an alder 2 piece body painted a solid color.  For the Tele-style guitar, I'm going to go another route and use up some stock I have on hand.  the main body will be walnut, from a 6/4 board I've had for about 20 years, with a flamed maple cap.  The flame maple is nothing spectacular in and of itself, but it should look nice enough with a sunburst finish applied to it.

Here you can see the maple cap after its sawn - there's a good deal of heartwood, but I've found that's not always such a bad thing.  Finished change the color of wood so much, and I've also found that I like the challenge of working with the natural appearance of woods.

Of course, I'd rather have the AAAAA rated stuff....  but what the hey, I had this on hand.


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