Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers

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Issue 198 August 29, 2013

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.

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.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Three files take this from rasp-rough to nearly complete
  • Three scraper shapes chosen for smoothing
  • Solving the problem of super glue lumps
  • Final sanding with 320- and 600-grit paper

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