There is probably a better way to do this.
I think the real solution is to not use maple for necks. I can tough it out for one custom neck, I guess.
Stuff that gets used to make other stuff is some of the best stuff to make.
If anyone is paying attention, you’ll notice that this is a different location than the previous photos. That’s because we moved the entire Slumco operation to a new facility.
As a result, we haven’t done anything productive at all. Other than this bench, of course. Nothing fancy – pine two-by-fours, a sheet of MDF, some oak for trim. Held together with pocket screws. A couple of coats of clear polyurethane on the top.
There will be a cabinet unit underneath with drawers, but this is enough to work with for now.
I was concerned about blowing out the front of the body while drilling the hole from the control cavity to the neck pickup cavity. Needn’t have worried, because Pythagoras. Below is the destination end.
Lots of routing this weekend.
Sure, it’s possible to cut out your body shape with a handheld jigsaw.
But it might not look too great.
Or be quite square. Jigsaw blades aren’t that rigid, especially when you try to make them turn.
Router and template will be used to fix all that. Here’s the neck with position markers (MOP dots) inlaid.
(I later realized that I’d purchased larger 1/4″ dots especially for this neck, but I’d forgotten about them until I’d already inlaid all these 5mm dots. Oh well.)
In case you needed more confirmation, the masking tape trick really works. I used it to shape the outline of the neck.
Not using masking tape, I also cut a template for the neck pocket and pickup routing on the body. Material is 1/2″ MDF.
Here’s another shot of the neck.
This is what a Saf-T-Planer leaves on the back of the headstock when you thin it. Not bad. No blood.