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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Yep. A little clunky but it works fine for my needs.
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Taking a slightly different direction.

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    One bevel to rule them all.
     
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    Jeff called..... ;)

    Looks pretty sweet though
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    I believe the term is "rad" :)
     
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    It looks like you got an eye there at the bevel. How is this project going?
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    It's going, but taking some time. I've screwed up four necks at this point and in working on my fifth.

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    Left to right

    1. First one I did. Solid purple heart. Was going well until I zeroed the x axis wrong doing the backside and cut the carve about an inch closer to the heel than it was supposed to be. Lesson learned: always double check your zeroing.

    2. Second one. This one is actually okay. It's a laminated bamboo neck with a purpleheart fretboard. The glue joint from the neck to the ferret was bad, though, and the neck came out cupped instead of radiused. I used little tacks to keep it from sliding while gluing but because the purplehepurpis so hard they wouldn't go in all the way. So I got a bad glue joint with a big gap. Lesson learned : glue first, machine second. Just like I did when building by hand.

    3. This one and the fourth one both use a laminated maple blank I made and a purple heart fretboard (so many trips to the wood store). This one went well until I forgot that I designed my toolpath to use a 1/8 inch bit instead of my usual 1/4 inch for the outline of the fretboard. So I wound up with a fretboard that's a little too narrow and a little too short. Lesson learned : label your toolpaths with the correct tool, not the incorrect ones.

    4. This one went perfectly except for two things : my z axis zeroing always ends up lower than I thought, and my fence was slightly off kilter. Result is a neck that is too thin (note the truss rod poking through the back) and with the top and back carves being slightly off - a few mm at the nut and almost nothing at the heel. Lesson learned: zero z on the top of the stock with a light touch, and machine my fence to he perfectly true.

    So now my fifth neck should be perfect. Should be. :D
     

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    It will... have faith in yourself.
     
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    Have you calibrated for belt stretch on the z axis? I had the same problem with the z axis plunging too deep.
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    I haven't. That sounds like exactly my problem. I'll look it up before I continue on number 5.
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    My z axis still needs a little work but I finally got a neck that will work.

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    Now with logo and headstock paint.

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    God I need to clean my workbench.

    Also I can't get a smooth finish on this damn thing. I think I'm gonna have to sand the bejeesus out of it and then just spray it with poly.
     
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    Love those block inlays.
     
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    Here's a mock-up. I think I like this thing.

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    Trying to get a smooth finish between the frets is almost impossible for me. If anyone has any advice I'd love to hear it.

    I just tried folding sandpaper over a sponge block with a sharp corner and that definitely helped. Maybe if I build up the finish enough I can sand it through finer and finer grits and rub it to a nice satin.
     
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    I was about to say "oh man I JUST watched that movie" and then I caught on.
     
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    It's not too late to paint the bevel!
     
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    Not this time :)
     
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    I do my finish sanding before installing the frets. Any little touch ups I use a card scraper
     
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    I'll have to try that. I was doing it after for a few reasons:

    1. I know fender does it that way
    2. The clear coat helps lock in the frets a little more.
    3. Filing the fret ends to a bevel I usually sand into the fretboard a little.

    What do you do to get around that? Or do you just not use a clearcoat?
     

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