Hello,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…Continue
"Dee,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…"
"No worries Darryl. I ended up going with Chickenbone John's suggestion of shaving off a little from the top, creating a longer headstock. It worked out well. I'm finally over that little road block and am on my way to the…"
"My mistake Dee Ann, from your original post i thought you were running out of neck length, that is the only reason i suggested thinning the bottom, if you have plenty of wood , certainly thin the top, it helps everything, break angle h/stock length…"
"More than one way to skin a cat - another option would be to cut a slot through the center of your headstockand mount your tuners on the side. The advantage is you do not have to remove any thickness to your headstock!"
"If you have clamps, and you should have clamps, use carpenter's glue. Well smoothed and clamped, the wood will break before the joint.
If you have garage sals in your area, that is where you look for cheap small clamps. I use about 10 clamps…"
"Dee Ann, cut your headstock to depth. Then make yourself a sanding board. Glue sandpaper on a small piece of plywood or chipboard. Smooth the cut on the sanding board and apply the veneer. Even a thin veneer is strengthening."
"Today I built a fret jig. I couldn't be happier! It was a nice experiment working with the leftover wood pieces I'm using on my first cbg. It cuts perfectly!!! I used a teak oil to see how the cherry and the poplar came out.…"
"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…"
It sounds like you've done your homework and that your build is going good. Most of us love to build - but truth be told, most of us have some frustration and flops. But most of the time, we get a playable instrument.