Scroll Carving - A few weeks ago I carved the scroll for the top of the neck. To fanc
y things up a bit this time I also carved a scroll on the back as well. The maple isn't too hard to carve except that it splits at the drop of a hat. I bought a few sharpening accessories for my sharpening gizmo which allowed me to really sharpen up my gouges and that helped a lot.
After doing a few more things to the neck, rough shaping, chambering to lower weight, I was almost ready to glue the neck to the rim. First, the rim had to be profiled to the dome shape (see last post). I used my shop made motorized sanding dish to do the work and it went very quickly. Surprisingly, the motor is only 1/6hp but it's just strong enough. I think for this tool it's better to not have too much power so you don't wreck anything too quickly.
What I forgot to do was to glue the pinblock on and profile it before I glued the rim to the neck. Oh well, that shouldn't be too bad because I should be able to get it really close by hand and then do a final quick sanding of the rim and pinblock already attached to the neck. Below are a few more picks of what I've done in the last few weeks. Remember that the final shapes on the neck will be done once it's glued to the rim and further along. You can also see the jointed (but not sanded) top in the background of one of the shots. I also included a picture of my first guitar which is just about ready to be level sanded, buffed out, and set up to go.
I'm off to the airport, hopefully I'll have some time to get some stuff done next weekend.