Forgetting the agonies of yesterday, today I glued on the remaining ebony fretboard and finished its fretting, then started to shape the neck, one of my favorite tasks in uke building
Ditto on the 13th fret
On the left you see the fretboard tightly clamped to the neck. I love those Irwin clamps, they are handy in so many facets of uke building.
And to the right you see I have tapped in the first fret that had been omitted because a brad was hammered into the hole drilled in that fret slot to position the fretboard on the neck.
Now it is time to shape the neck. I start with trimming down the connection at the body. I like a subtle hourglass shape there so both sides get the caress of a sharp chisel.
Now the basic hourglass is cut on both sides. It will be the time for the fine rasp, the scraper and the bow sander soon
But first I want to cut the foot of the neck to make room for the ebony cap that will be put here. I will glue in a sheet of thin maple veneer to create a white stripe contrasting to the black ebony. This is ready for the cap now, cut with a classic old english chisel that I bought years ago in an English antique sale. Holds an edge like a razor blade, cuts flat and true.