I'm new to CBN and on my first cbg build. I'm trying to build a 3 string cbg using a scarf joint with poplar 1x2 stock. I originally was going to have a longer headstock but do to trial and error with scarfing, I'm down to about 2 7/8" left of headstock. Ooops! The scarf angle is not much I think about 12 degrees. I am not sure how to thin the headstock down to fit the tuners. Should this be a tapered cut? Should the cut come off the back or the front? Where does the cut stop relative to the neck? How much distance needs to be between the first tuner and the nut? Here's a pic of what I'm working with. Any help and suggestions is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Thanks Ron. I actually started with 6" of extra headstock. A couple of scarf joints later....I was down to 2 7/8" for the head. Great learning curve! :) I'm skeptical of the scarf joint holding up to string pressure when the piece is on top. I'm using Elmer's Wood Glue...sandable and stainable. It's not the Titebond I was going to get. I hope this stuff holds. Thanks for your reply.
Very nice!! Love that tin and the slotted headstock. Yes, I see one in my future. Thanks for sharing.
I have access to an electric planer and plane a long piece of 3/4"x1.5" head material to 5/8" thick. This could be done with a table saw and fence or a band saw and fence. A 6' piece will produce a lot of head pieces.
I get neck material length long enough for two necks and cut the neck/head angle in the middle. This gives me two necks with one head angle cut. Then I cut two heads from the planed piece in a similar fashion. I align the head and neck joint for gluing so the overlapping material is the same 5/8" thick as the head. I end up with two neck/heads for the cutting of one and very little hand work.
If I'm careful laying out the tuners, the top joint between the neck and head can be mostly hidden by the tuner[s].