Routing a Neck

Routing a Neck

This article should help you get started.

Tools Needed:
Router Table
Pin Router Atachment
Drill Press
Small Punch
Rasp

(we are designing an affordable pin router atachment and should be finished soon)

Getting the shape of the neck

Trace the shape of the neck with your template and use a bandsaw to cut the shape of your neck leaving about an 1/8" left to route off as pictured.

Truss Rod Route

Route the truss rod channel by using a pin router (pictured left) for best results.

Don't Forget!

Mark the tuning key and mounting hole positions with an awe or small punch before you take the template off.

Drill Tuning Key Holes

Drill the tuning key holes with your drill press using the punch marks as your guide. Use brad point bits for best results.

Profiling The Neck

Shape the profile of your neck with a rasp. This is usually done before the fingerboard is glued so you don't chip the edge of the fingerboard. You'll need to sand the edges of the fingerboard to match the profile of the neck after the glue is set.

note: We use a round over bit on our router to rough in the profile, this is optional but helps tremendously.

Mark The Nut

Mark the position of the nut on the neck so you will know how to position the fingerboard for gluing.


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