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In his discussion of making a neck blank, he uses a stacked heel with not a scarf joint for the headstock, but rather a stacked one. When the heel and headstock are cut out from this arrangement, the grain pattern is the same as that of a one piece neck.
A headstock made in this way seems to greatly simplify the scarf joint method while providing a stronger glue joint (no end grain).
Anyone have experience with this stacked headstock method?
Any thoughts pro or con?
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I don't see how one scarf cut & glue is harder than gluing two pieces up like that and then making two angled cuts, one of which has to stop before you hit the back of the neck. I need to look at my copy of that book and see his process. Maybe I'm missing something.
I've used the scarf joint with success and have a handful of other necks blanked up that way for future builds.
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http://theamateurluthier.com/amateurlut ... gplan.html
I ended up buying a full 10-inch blade, as some blades are a tad short at 250 mm on my saw for a 3 inch wide headstock. In the photo I am cutting a ukulele neck, and the scarf cut is not where you would expect to see it, because I was cutting heel stack pieces from the headstock end to exclude some tiny knots. Bruce W.
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What Skarsaune said. No saving in time or effort, and a bit more material. Plus you can thin the head piece before you glue it on, making both surfaces really nice. If you do thin it first, the only downside is that you have to glue on a piece if you want a diamond volute.
It is very easy to cut the limited numbers of necks we do by hand, so no need for a table saw that gives a 3-1/2" cut. Just run a mark all the way around and have at. Clamping the two pieces together and planing them flat is very satisfying because it is the ideal direction for planing. Especially nice in a wood like Alaskan Yellow Cedar that screams PLANE ME.
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The biggest draw back to using this method to make the 2 cuts is it makes the transition from headstock to neck about as simple as possible and is hard to do a different style with this cutting method. I might have to find a different way to make this part of the neck, it somewhat of a rut now. a few pics...
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