ukulele-a-thon #4: Shaping the neck

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 01-03-2017 03:14 PM 660 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a rough start shaping the neck. After about 10 minutes I got frustrated and thought for the first time during this project “this sucks”. So I took a step back to reflect why. A few reasons came to mind. This was going to slow, sanding sucks and I’m doing a bad job. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t watching a video on YouTube of a highlight from someone else’s experience. Things take time and I had to find my peace with this idea. For the sanding sucks problem I thought I had to find the beauty in what I was doing. There was a ukulele neck in this chunk of wood and all I have to do is remove the waste around it. With a respiratory on(I find them more comfortable and effective then the paper dusk masks) I couldn’t smell the dust at all and the small dust felt like baby powder, giving everything I touched an extra level of smoothness. Lastly I expanded the tools I was using to do the shaping and it became almost instantly easier. Amazing how most of my problems where fixed by not thinking of them as problems or in a negative light. Anyways, after I finished shaping the neck I flattened a spot on the body where the neck will be glued on and this happened…

I think the problem can be traced back to the first day when making the form or possibly clamping the neck block to the form. Either way what’s done is done. I expected some trouble and figured the neck would cover it up, and hide the dirty little secret forever. For the most part it’s ok.

But not really…

I am debating patching it or leaving it. Atleast it is on the bottom of the neck when playing. This is the reason I wanted to make this out of left over pine and fur scraps. I’m disappointed but learned a lot for next time.

Here are the finished neck pictures.

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 03:55 AM

Perspective can make a huge difference, an attitude shift is very powerful tool. The instrument is looking pretty good, would the sound change too much if you laminated an extra piece to cover the chip out?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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