Hey Everyone!!
I am planning on building my first CBG in the near future, and am looking for some suggestions on the best way/easiest way that you have found to notch out the neck? I must admit that I possess very rudimentary "woodworking" skills, and am looking for a techique that wouldn't involve table saws of any sort, if possible. Anyone ever used a portable jigsaw?, coping saw?, dremel?...??? Any "tricks"? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks so much for any advice in advance!!

- Brian N.

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BTW -- The tool does not come with blades.

There is also a cool sanding tool you can get with this.  


I initially bought it for repairing a wall so I got the sander to sand the dry wall.  Works great on CBGs.

Brian --

So now that I have "sold" you on a plunge saw, I am experimenting with something new.

If you have $$$ and a drill press, you may want to check out the Safe-T-Planer from StewMac:
http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Planes/StewMac_...

Basically, it allows you to set the depth and plane the wood.  I just got mine today and so far, it works like a charm.  My notches a fairly standard, 1/4" off the top.  The planer should handle this with ease.

I am building a jig so I would estimate I could notch a neck in about 10 minutes or less.  

BTW -- That is my biggest time consumer.

Sorry to muddy the waters.  ;)

Alan

Here are some pics of the new planer.  Very cool.  Precise notching.  I cut the practice board down to 1/2".


Simply make cuts to the required depth at about 1/2 - 3/4inch intervals with a tenon saw and then knock out the waste with a sharp chisel and a mallet.  Easy, safe, seasonably quick and doesn't require power tools.

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