Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Templates

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We developed these templates for cutting accurate neck joints when used with our Neck Joint Router Bits.

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Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Templates Dovetail, set of 2

Dovetail, set of 2

Item # 4783
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Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Templates Straight tenon, set of 2

Straight tenon, set of 2

Item # 4784
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Quantity: 20


We developed these templates for cutting accurate neck joints when used with our Neck Joint Router Bits.

The templates are made of extra-thick acrylic for sturdiness, and they're clear for easy alignment. Available for a Martin-style dovetail, or for a straight mortise and tenon.

Templates are 3/8" (9.53mm) thick clear acrylic, and 7-3/4" x 10" (196.85mm x 254.00mm).

Each set includes:
• Template for routing the neck heel
• Template for a matching neck block joint
• Instructions and plans for a simple wooden jig to hold the neck or body in position while routing
• Hardware to clamp template to the wooden jig that you make

Product Instructions

Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Template Instructions

Routing instructions for acoustic neck joints.

Ratings & Reviews

Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Templates

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very good templates

By justinarts from West Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have used the dovetail template for years and it has been a real workhorse. I recently purchased the mortise and tenon and it is also great!

Nice to have

By David Vicars from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 06, 2013

These are great templates, but a little pricey. now I need the mortise and tenon set.

Poorly designed

By Patrick Robbins from Murray, UT
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 08, 2013

I just used the tenon template for my first time, thankfully on scrap. Firstly, the jig plans are not designed to allow you to adjust the angle of your neck joint, leaving a lot of work to set the neck. No problem, I designed my own. What really upset me was they didn't account for the added thickness that using a guide bushing would make. I would either have to cut all of the mortise and tenon in one go, or adjust the neck and body in the jig after every cut to lower the depth, making it nearly impossible to get an exact cut again. If you try and use a guide bushing in your router (like I did) it will leave your mortise way too narrow for the tenon. There is tenon is approximately .060" narrower than the mortise, barely equaling the thickness of the wall of my guide bushings. Add that thickness four times (one on each side of each template) and your now looking at a difference of over 1/8", requiring a lot of work. Save yourself the money and make your own jigs and templates!

Accurate Neck jointing

By Mike Lee from Brisbane Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 04, 2013

Using the documentation I built a jig for cutting the neck joint with these templates. It worked really well. As it was my first joint like this and nervous of marking the wood I used clamps with rubber protectors that moved. I then used soft wood blocks screwed accros the neck and around the body and sound hole into the jig. Costly but work well

Routing Acoustic Joint templates

By BobDWilliams from Woodbridge, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 15, 2012

This was one of the hardest jobs for me to do, neck re-alignment / removal for a customer. These neck joint routing templates take all of the guesswork right out of the job! After making the jig exactly like the one from the StewMac instructions I made two matching dovetail joints for projects in my shop. In a matter of minutes I had exactly matching & perfect fitting joints for each end. I would highly recommend these templates for anyone who wants top quality perfect fitting parts each and every time you use them.Thank you so much for offering these in your catalog.

Really nice.

By JVan from Granger,IN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 24, 2012

Really nice templates here, little pricey for plastic but what a great job it did. I made a jig like the one in Stew's instructions and it made a matching dovetail that fit right!

Shown on page 26 of our latest catalog.