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IamMark
Posts: 291
Got it. I was planning on leaving about a quarter inch of alder off to save my router. So I completely understand what you're saying here.

I have a band saw, but I hardly use it. I'll try some test pieces first, so I don't mess up the alder block.

My goal today is to cut and sand my ply templates. Once I have the template perfect I'll attempt to jigsaw cut the block and then router it this week.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 754
I had to perform a repair on my bass last night. One of the wires had come loose from the jack port and I had to retie it, as I didn't have a soldering wand to connect it to its post. Worked like a charm.

No big deal. It's just the first time I've ever had to repair anything on a guitar and as modest as the repair was, I'm kinda proud of myself.
Marko1960
Posts: 927
Nice job Lon, it'll need soldering at some point so she'll out 15 bucks on a soldering iron
Marko1960
Posts: 927
Mark, why not use the bandsaw if you have one? And notice how you are learning without realising it, if you just follow a set of instructions you don't really learn, but you have had to use your noggin on the little scraps of info I've been feeding you, give yourself a pat on the back
IamMark
Posts: 291
That's why I wanted to do this. I wanted to learn about the process. I have no dreams of becoming a sucessful luthier at all. I just want to know the tricks of the trade to learn how it's done.

Although it's a time-taking process I'm enjoying what I've learned so far, and I don't think we've even begun to get into the real technical stuff.

I have my ply template cut out. The horns were really difficult to get cut just right, so I had to do more sanding in some areas, which resulted in small measurment changes form my original plan. Nothing that affects the neck heel. I made sure the measurement around that area was exactly right. I still need to do a little light sanding to get some unwanted bumps out of the ply template. But it's coming along.
IamMark
Posts: 291
So this sucks. The new router and bit I bought aren't cooperating. The but wont stay in the collet. No matter how tight I tighten it. I'll take it to the shop I bought them from to find out what's wrong.

I have my ply template attached to my precut block. Just need my router to work.

Marko1960
Posts: 927
Looking good so far, we will go into great detail with the neck socket in the next installment
IamMark
Posts: 291
So the 1/2-inch collet I got with the router was defective. It wouldn't set properly, resulting in my 2-inch straight bit flying out and almost sticking in my leg.

I got a new collet and will try to cut it tonight.
Marko1960
Posts: 927
Clamp it to the bench before routing and when the clamp gets in the way move it to where you've already cut and finish routing
IamMark
Posts: 291
Ok, so I had a little bit of bother with cutting my block.

27,000 rpm is crazy fast on a router!

There are a couple of areas where the blade caught and yanked wood chips out. So I don't know if the block was too dry and grainy, or if I had too much pressure on the router and didnt make enough light passes.

So I have some sanding to do before I route my quarter rounds.

The neck base looks perfect and just the right size.

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