Summer Uke Build #13: Neck Scarf Joint

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Blog entry by onoitsmatt posted 01-07-2017 01:38 AM 1038 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I was able to get the scarf joint for the neck done and I went to Rockler to see if they had any wood that would make a good fingerboard. I had a $5 off coupon and got a $6 piece of mahogany, but in reading up on it, sounds like hog may be too soft to hold frets. So may have to dig up something else. I will likely resaw some mystery wood I have in the stash and hope it works.

The angle is 15 degrees. I marked that and used a great little saw I bought from Bob Summerfield a few months ago to cut the scarf joint (the photo was taken after I had cut the joint and sanded the faces flat, so there’s sandpaper/sawdust in the background):

Flip one piece over and it will fit like so:

It wanted to slide around when gluing this up. I tried using wedges, but it didn’t work. Ultimately I wound up holding a block of wood down on the workbench with a holdfast and pushed the tip of the headstock against this to hold it still, then once the joint was in place, used a holdfast on the neck block to hold it firmly in place.

Here’s finished/glued up scarf joint:

And full neck:

The neck block will need to be trimmed back a fair bit, but after I get it accurately measured and figure out what kind of joint will be used to connect it to the body.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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