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Once you've mastered bending sides, on to the neck & peg head. Note that the height of the "heel" of the neck matches the width of the sides. The pictures below assume that you do not have a band saw. If you DO have a band saw, you can cut the entire piece out of one block of wood pretty easily. Either way, first cut the block(s) to over-all rough size, and cut the slots for the sides to be let in. Drill a hole at the heel curve and cut out the excess:

Next, cut the 11 degree angles on the neck and the peg head, and glue them together. Pay special attention to the distance from the "break" at the peg head to the cuts for the sides, because this determines the location of the bridge on the body... for my soprano design, you want this to be right around 7 1/8", plus or minus no more than about 1/8". When cutting that 11 degree angle, very slight differences in the location of the cut make big differences in the finished length.

Once you have the block glued up, mark off the taper of the neck, shape of the peg head, etc., and cut it to final rough shape. Drill the holes for the tuners, and uses a rasp to rough out the curves in the neck. Rough sand the final shape with a drum sanding attachment in a drill press (the curves), and by hand with a sanding block (the straight parts).

If you're SURE you're done with power tools for the day, have a beer :-)

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If you find any of this helpful I'd certainly appreciate a "tip" :-)

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