While I wait for the Kasha Tenor plan to arrive from Hana Lima Ai, I decided to make some Honduran Mahogany necks. Went to Grizzley and bought their last five pieces of this nice Mahogany. Hope they restock as I have been using it for several years now. Rather than waste wood by cutting necks out of one solid piece, I can build a beautiful neck by carefully gluing up pieces of this 1 inch thick stock. Here is how it is done.
First you run each board through your thickness sander until each side is perfectly smooth and flat. That is essential in getting perfect and almost invisible glue joints. Then cut two pieces off the end, marking each one so you can glue it up with matching grain.
Here is what is left over- It won't go to waste. I will cut it up for butt blocks and who knows what else. Nice stable wood good for many purposes.
Now they are glued up and clamped along the work table. Those overhangs really come in handy, Never build a work bench without an overhang.
Once the glue is set, mark the shape you want to cut on the bandsaw using a well used template.
Now this part is pretty cute. Cut that big slice beginning the slant in the neck.
Then just turn the slice over and put the smooth sanded side against the smooth sanded side on the neck. Your neck will be extended and the joint will be so smooth, with the grain going the same way that you might not be able to detect the joint in the finished neck.
Just imagine when it is clamped and glued, shaped and sanded. It is so simple, and so effective.