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what tools are needed to shape a neck?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by steve-o, Jun 7, 2002.

  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    what ways are there to shape a neck?
    i am not looking for time saving.
    i am willing to take some time on this.
    what will i need?
    can i use a wood file? to rough shape it then then sand it the rest of the way?
    what is the best way and what is the worst way?

  2. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    After a blank has been rough cut on the bandsaw, I use a drawknife and/or wood rasps and Stanley Surform tools to get the desired profile... Sandpaper after that... Hope that this helps,

  3. gyancey


    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I love my Nicholson #49 and #50 random-cut rasps. You can get them from Woodcraft in Cassleberry, which isn't too far from you. I also use a spokeshave and surform as well, depending on the wood and how hard it is. But the rasps are a good investment in my opinion.
  4. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    I agree with greg on the #49 & 50 rasps.

    You can also use a router with a 1/2" or a 3/4" roundover bit first to remove some mass before you get into the final shaping.

    A dial caliper is great to have around to check neck thickness.


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