I am so pleased with the sound of #100, the Kasha design, that I want to explore its possibilities with different woods. I have two more under construction and today I started the necks.
It begins with carefully plotting out the design. I want a centerline up the middle and this centering ruler is perfect for that purpose.
And here it is.
Now I can use a paper template to draw the shape of the peg head. First one side then the other. First I located where the nut will go, and also where the slot for the sides must be cut.
Now both neck blanks are marked and ready to be taken to the band saw.
Now they are beginning to take shape. The grooves that accept the sides are marked and ready for cutting. This is the Spanish method of building.
Make sure your band saw is cutting at exactly 90 degrees.
Have a curved scrap available the same thickness as the side that you will insert in the slot. It is a lot easier to cut the slot large enough now than to try to enlarge it later.
Here is a nice fit, but if the slot is a little large, not a problem, the side can be wedged later.
Now for the fun part, Carving the neck. This is my favorite part of building, getting the neck just right. With spokeshave, rasp, knives, bow sander, I will try to shape a slick, fast and thin neck that is a pleasure to hold, to play and to look at.