Rip cutting hardwoods is really tough!

I never realised how hard it would be to rip cut hardwood. It took an age to cut the angle for the headstock in the neck today. We got it finished and now await the arrival of the wood for the fret board. I am in the process of marking out the place I will be routing a groove for the truss rod. Another first time ever event, when I get to it. IMG_20180320_171227.jpgThe next stage I am approaching with great caution because I am still feeling unsure about the order of the cuts that have to be made. I presume the best way to proceed is to cut the neck to width, or close to width, then once the truss rod is in and fret board on, cut that to width, and only then cut the fret slots……or do I do the fret slots when the fingerboard is still square, before I taper it? I will have to do a bit of research…or perhaps it will become clear as we move forward.

IMG_20180320_192528.jpgThere was one near disaster today. Because I don’t have enough clamps, I laminated the neck overnight and left the two pieces for the body unglued till this afternoon. In just twenty four hours the Ash top had started to move again. Yesterday it was perfectly flat and fitted flush to the main body of Elm. This afternoon it had curled by about 1/16 of an inch in one edge. I was able to half that cup with some furious planing, then I bit the bullet and glued the pieces up. Just praying now the  wood holds. Its amazing how much movement there is in wood, over a short period. I suppose it’s because I’d changed the tension in the fibres again by cutting out the body shape. I had flattened the stock originally when it was a square piece. The lesson learned is that you need to glue up wood the day you plane it flat and cut to shape. If you leave it lying around it will likely move again.IMG_20180320_192502.jpgYou can see the glue up in the picture. I need more clamps…..loads more clamps. Axminster Rider in the U.K. must love me, the amount of tools I’m buying off them at the moment. I will leave this clamped for a good 24 hours or more. I am also at a standstill because I am waiting for the wood for the fret board to arrive. Next blog in a few days. Meanwhile marvel at the lamination shots below. Looks like perfect chocolate layer cake!



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