hello all , ive been making quite a few necks, and experimenting with different heel shapes and shaping teqhniques. Im interested in how others do it so I can get a broader perspective on how its done out there . my biggest bummer is most of the necks i do are two pieces of 3/4 inch x 1 1/2 glued together for the neck and body/heel portion. and when done shaping the heel there will remain a thin glue line .
Also please post up procedure pics if available thanks in advance .
I just re read this - when you say about cutting into the neck, well that's exactly what you need to do... by the time I have finished shaping a neck I have usually taken quite a bit of material off the original depth of the neck blank. Once I am happy with the shape of the heel and 'shoulders' and have rounded over the sides I use a spokeshave to take a little off the thickness of the neck before rounding everything over with a rasp.
ELLwood let me sr if i can get a heel shot like scotts, so you can see what im talking about .
I think your transition between heel and neck is fine. One thing I have done is to use a totally different color wood for the heel so the transition is obvious....don't try to hide it. I have used Walnut heel and Oak or maple neck.
I also make some ukes with Douglas fir laminated necks and heels. The joints are barely visible.
Ok, as promised, a couple of pictures. Like I said it looks like we make our necks pretty much the same way. I glue 2 pieces from the same length of wood, reversing the grain, the use a mitre box to make a 45 degree cut where the heel will slope down towards the neck. This isn't strictly necessary but as I use rasps to shape the heel it cuts down on time a bit. I then use a half round rasp to fully blend the 2 pieces together, so none of the original outer boundaries of the 2 pieces are visible, if that makes sense?