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Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers

Issue 198 August 29, 2013

Trade Secrets Video
Shaping a neck is all about feel.
Chelsea Clark learned from Dan Erlewine, and honed her skills on abandoned "project guitars" found on Craigslist and eBay. Chelsea shares some great tips on shaping the neck and preparing it for a finish.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a custom seven string, with a finished body ready for parts. It came into Dan's shop with a roughed-in neck, still in need of final shaping for comfort before finishing.
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  • checkmarkThree files take this from rasp-rough to nearly complete
  • checkmarkThree scraper shapes chosen for smoothing
  • checkmarkSolving the problem of super glue lumps
  • checkmarkFinal sanding with 320- and 600-grit paper
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Razor Files
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Luthier's File Set
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3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper
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File Cleaning Brush
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Nut and Saddle Shaping Files
Specialty files for smoother, easier nut and saddle shaping.
Dragon Hand-cut Rasp
Handcrafted rasps for fast, smooth shaping of necks, solidbodies, and more.
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