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rockpile99
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16/02/2021 8:53 pm  

Remember my total balls up carving a neck few weeks ago? Well "take two" turned out a bit better (though not 100%)

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I went a bit chicken so it's 22mm thick at F1 and 24.5mm at F12 but I can always take more off.

My drill bit decided not to properly follow the brad mark when I drilled for the B string tuner, so it's a little close to the edge. I'm thinking of adding a strip of veneer and turning my slight error into a 'feature'.

Overall I'm pretty pleased though as this is my most complex neck yet. 

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16/02/2021 10:08 pm  

My drill bit decided not to properly follow the brad mark when I drilled for the B string tuner, so it's a little close to the edge.

@rockpile99 A simple solution is to glue a dowel into the hole and then redrill to hole. It’s fine, I’ve done it a few times. 

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16/02/2021 10:45 pm  

@rockpile99

I think it looks okay, how much material is left between the hole and the edge?

Pratice on scrap...


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17/02/2021 1:59 am  

I often build in ‘features’ as I go along! I think you will find that all of the most innovative makers try to do this as a matter of course!! 🤣 🤣 🤣 


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17/02/2021 11:11 am  

Thanks everyone.

One corner of the tuner was right on the edge - not enough to stop it working or really be seen from the front (so not worth putting in dowel and re-drilling) but it would annoy me every time I picked up the guitar.

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In the end I made a strip of veneer from an offcut just so there's a little bit more wood between tuner and the edge. From the side the grain matches the neck nicely and the couple of imperfections in parts of the joint will be hidden by grain filler and stain come the final finish.

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17/02/2021 2:53 pm  

My drill bit decided not to properly follow the brad mark

Are you using a pillar drill for the holes @rockpile99, or a standard handheld?

To avoid risk of recurrence, you can make a complete headstock template, including with the full diameter tuner holes in the right places, to guide the drill bit when drilling the actual headstock. 

If you make a mess-up making the template, no biggie.  Once you've made it, then the risk of tuner holes going awry should be reduced.  Also helps ensure that they're properly perpendicular to the headstock if you're using a handheld drill.

 

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17/02/2021 3:04 pm  

I have access to a pillar drill at work but I'm on leave this week so I used a step drill bit in a hand held drill. This worked pretty well for preventing tear out and the other 5 holes are right where I wanted them.

I made a headstock template for testing tuner positions before cutting out the 'real thing', but as I ended up moving two of the holes a few mm I couldn't be arsed to make another template.

Certainly going to try the template and pillar drill combo on the next build 🙂

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