|Do not fear the Router!|
Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm currently making an Electric Ukulele. In this post I'm finally talking about shaping the neck. Previously I've dreamt, worried, planned, got sidetracked, annoyed, designed and shaped the body. I also took the time to record a Flight of the Conchords song... but that's something else entirely.
You may recall that this particular part of the build is the bit that was giving me nightmares. And to be honest... it still is! But I am pleased to say that I am making progress and I haven't made any mistakes so far that have been fatal (that I know of). Let's begin..
|I shaped the neck using various rasps and files. The profile dimensions are close to those|
of my Arbor Strat but I have allowed myself to tweak this to try and get a good shape
for my hand. I like to use my thumb to fret the top string, so I was keen to make sure that
the neck would allow me to do this, but to be fair, it mainly boiled down to simply
making sure that I didn't make the neck too deep.
|Here's an fantastic lesson I learnt. See the scratches in the wood above.|
I'd got the point where I was wondering if I'd ever get rid of them;
Everything I did seemed to introduce more. Luckily for me, Eric at
New Wave Ukulele was on hand with some expert guidance. His advice was
to "take a piece of cloth backed 60 grit and make a 2 inch wide strip.
then sand it as if you were polishing a shoe... if you have ever polished
a shoe before. work your way thru 60-80-100-120-150 at 120 start
sanding with the grain rather than across... then and only then
will you remove the marks from your rasp."
I followed Eric's advice almost to the T and it works! Thank you Eric!
And that's it for the moment. I should be able to remove the clamps today and figure out my next steps. I have been working on the body some more, but I'm waiting for the pots to arrive from Hong Kong before I commit to cutting the cavity. Expect another post on the body. And of course there is the horror of fitting the frets to come. I am sooooo not looking forward to this bit. Expect a part 2 neck post to cover that. How fun is this!