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I have been "making due" when working on/restringing guitars or banjos for my whole playing life. I use a pillow normally to support the neck, but for the last couple of years, as I have gotten more and more into properly setting up and repairing instruments (...notably ones that get dropped off the roof of a car…), I have wanted a proper neck rest. I really like the StewMac version that is round, but it is made of wood, so I can't just go and buy it… That is just crazy talk! I did what any of us on LJ would do: I just copied it and made my own.

I had some left over beech counter-top that I glued up (3" thick and in a 9" square) and made it round on the lathe with the final diameter being 8.75". I bored a hole in the center and enlarged it with a bowl gouge. After getting it all round, smooth, and the hole in the center added, I pulled it off the lathe and went to work on the bench: Cutting 1/3 off and then made a channel with a rasp and sanding wheel (chucked up in the lathe) on the two flats of the larger piece. Some hide glue, a leftover bit of cork, clamping pressure, trim-out of the cork with a razor, and I finally have a proper neck rest.

Side note: I made the hole in the center about 2.75" so that the 5th string tuner on the banjos would clear. See 3rd and 5th picture.

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Awesome work. I made mine from some plastic pieces I found out beside the highway then covered the sharp parts with chunks of saddle leather.

I should figure out how to make one like yours without using a lathe!
 

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Awesome work. I made mine from some plastic pieces I found out beside the highway then covered the sharp parts with chunks of saddle leather.

I should figure out how to make one like yours without using a lathe!

- Dallas
It can be done with a band-saw and a shaper or belt sander. I don't have the latter two, so the lathe was the most expeditious. Cut a 5-7' block in a radius. use the shaper with a 2+ in spindle or the round edge of the belt sander to make the center "cut out. Turn and so the same to the two flat areas.
 
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