New Year | New Projects

Since Instagram became a thing for me I have neglected this blog considerably. It’s been about 7 months since my last post and even that post was delayed by some. Since the last post I’ve been featured in Shaper Origins “Shaper Origin in Action” community series which showcases Origin users and their experiences. It was…

Halloween Horror Story – Rogers Build Saga

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d have read about my struggles with completing my friend Rogers guitar. First I screwed up on the finish and let the build sit for three years because I was so mad, then after painstakingly removing the finish with a scalpel I then proceeded to punch straight through…

“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s…

Truing the Scarf Joint

The scarf joint is cut but looks quite jagged. Typically people use routers on jigs for a perfect cut but I’m more likely to injure myself in the process as I have no idea how to properly use a router. Using a hand saw on a piece of hardwood is tough. I have a small…

Ghetto Mitre Jiggery

So… How hard can it really be? And yes I used an iPhone protractor…don’t hate.

The Dreaded Scarf Joint

Now here’s the hard part; trying to figure out whether or not I want to use the over or under method of making the scarf joint. The biggest question is: which method will produce the strongest joint?

Layout

Didn’t have any tracing paper or carbon paper to work with so I improvised with some sticky label paper I’d bought years ago. Used that to transfer the approximate outline to the various tops to see which one I’d end up using. After cutting the fretboard shape out and wiping the surfaces with mineral spirits…

Neck Layout

This part was fun. First I made the all important centerline on both the fretboard and neck slab. Then traced the fretboard onto the neck slab. Then taped the nut on and began drawing the headstock. The nut was a mm big on either side but I’ll grind that off later. This neck is gonna…