The Neck – Part 3

 

Next step will be to start changing this from a long block of wood into a proper Strat neck. First thing we need to do is take the thickness of the headstock down to just over a hald inch. Specs call for 9/16″. I’m using a safe-t-planer chucked into my drill press to do this.

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See how it planes it right down?

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We’ll stop just to the left of the low E tuner hole.

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Next, its over to the spindle sander, which I have set up with a fence about 5/8″ from the spindle.

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This lets us slide the headstock in between the spindle and the fence and leaves a small gap. We dont want the headstock to be tight in there because if you slip the sander can ruin the headstock in an instant and then it would be all the way back to the drawing board.

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Its pretty clear here what we are doing

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This sands a nice curved transition from the face of the headstock up to the nut area. The gap we left between the fence and spindle leaves us with a small ridge that we will just sand down by hand.

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Finish it off with 220 grit and we are starting to look like a Strat headstock 🙂

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OK, at this point I had to take a little step back. After sanding down the headstock I noticed that it measured 1/2″ in thickness. Technically this is correct for some models of Fender Strats. The Eric Johnson model for one. However, its not the spec I wanted for this build. The correct thickness I was shooting for here is 9/16″. Obviously we are only talking about 1/16″ of an inch difference, but its a difference thats too much for my liking. At this point I decided to set that neck aside for a future build and begin again.

Since I have already documented all the steps to this point, and published the steps in detail, in the name of expediency (since I essentially lost a couple days work and wanted to catch back up to this point ASAP) I didn’t take pix again until I reached this same point with the new neck.

We’ll pick up where we left off on the next page 🙂

 

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