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First neck - pallet scrap

First neck build - multi-ply crooss-bars knocked off a forklift pallet because the laminated construction struct me as instrument-worthy ;O)

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Comment by murrayatuptown on August 17, 2013 at 2:45pm

That's a nice jig and idea, Mark.

Not sure if there would ever be a need for the following, but I envisioned the 'key' (piece of wood that slides in the slot or 'keyway' of the saw table could be attached with two screws...one with a hole, and the other with an arced slot, so the angle could rotate...kind of a reversed, or maybe dedicated implementation of the standard tool the saw comes with.

I've avoided calling that tool by name thus far because I can't remember what it's called...fence keeps comign to mind, but I don't think that's correct. Too lazy to look online for a table saw manual ;O)

Comment by Mark Lillo on August 16, 2013 at 4:26am

cutting scarf joint

This is a jig I use to cut scarf joints, it is an easy and fairly safe way to do it. There is a cleat under the plywood that runs in the slot of the table saw top.

Comment by murrayatuptown on August 16, 2013 at 12:10am

30 degrees instead of 15 because I measured twice ...no, just joking..I cut 15 on a table saw but it was 75 so I realized I wanted 75 on the table to get 90-7=15...and I was in a hurry and couldn't see an obvious way to do it because the saw went from 0-60. I just finally realized today it also went from 0-minus 60 and I guess I'll just try and figure it out next time. Somehow I convinced myself the angle didn't matter since they both were cut to the same angle ...it didn't matter to the two mating surfaces...maybe I should put them on a lathe and make drumsticks...

Anyway, I was concerned about what might happen due to excess angle...did a  little research and apparently a lute evolved to 90 degrees, in part for cosmetics, but initially just needed a steeper angle back in Medieval times to assure proper nut contact with the low tension of gut strings of the day.

If I use nylon strings it should be fine...not sure yet with electric strings...I'm thinking 4 string

Comment by Robert De Haemers on August 14, 2013 at 7:28am

that is a pretty extreme angle. why didn't you go with the 15 degree cut again?

Comment by murrayatuptown on August 9, 2013 at 9:34pm

Some of the wood plies look a bit mahoganylike...

I'll guess there must be alot of glue in this trashy plywood - smoked like crazy and stalled the table saw a couple times ;O(

It actually has some tone to it if I hold each piece about 1/3 from an end and tap it...

About 1-3/8" x 1" x 24" right now.

I'm thinking 21" - 23" tenor guitar or baritone uke...depends what's left after sanding... 

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