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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by LiveOVErdrive, Nov 6, 2017.
Yep. A little clunky but it works fine for my needs.
Taking a slightly different direction.
One bevel to rule them all.
Looks pretty sweet though
I believe the term is "rad"
It looks like you got an eye there at the bevel. How is this project going?
It's going, but taking some time. I've screwed up four necks at this point and in working on my fifth.
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.
It will... have faith in yourself.
Have you calibrated for belt stretch on the z axis? I had the same problem with the z axis plunging too deep.
I haven't. That sounds like exactly my problem. I'll look it up before I continue on number 5.
My z axis still needs a little work but I finally got a neck that will work.
Now with logo and headstock paint.
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.
Love those block inlays.
Here's a mock-up. I think I like this thing.
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.
I'll have what she's having!
I was about to say "oh man I JUST watched that movie" and then I caught on.
It's not too late to paint the bevel!
Not this time
I do my finish sanding before installing the frets. Any little touch ups I use a card scraper
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?