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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:35 pm 
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Some of you know I make posts about simple little solutions for those of us starting out on a shoe string. I needed to find a way to rout a truss rod pocket accurately in a variety of wood widths. I don't own a CNC router, and buying pre-roughed in necks can be expensive. At times I may carve a neck out of a solid piece of wood; other times I want to make a laminated neck. I wanted something that would work in all circumstances.

So, I raided my trash wood stash, and found a piece of leftover MDF, and a 2" x 4". I cut the MDF to 12" x 17" , and cut the 2"x 4" into 2- 17" long pieces. I made the MDF wide enough to easy accommodate clamping. I glued and screwed the 2x4 pieces, to the MDF, 3 1/2" apart (the width of my router base), which will accommodate any neck blank.

I ran up to my local hardware store and picked up 4 t-nuts and 4- 2" eyebolts. My router base had no marking for center so I notched each side and used a black sharpie pen to color the notch, which makes it easy to see and to easily locate center.

So now I can draw a centerline on the blank, lay it in the jig. The eyebolts easily and quickly adjust both ends so that the centerline on the blank, lines up with the center notches on my router base. They also clamp the blank in place while I rout.

The result is an accurate truss rod channel. Total cost: $4.96

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very clever Diane. Looks like it could easily be adjusted to rout a CF groove either side of the truss rod by clamping against one side, then flipping the blank to get the other edge against the side.

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Nice and simple way to go Diane and thanks for sharing


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Thanks for sharing Diane - I need this and will be building it.


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sweet way to make a slot.
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Thank you John.


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Hi Diane

Looking at these pictures it looks like there is a "Metal" piece to the inside of the 2x4's. Is that true and what exactly is it that you did?

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