The neck blank is cut in a wedge slightly wider than the fingerboard. This allows for large “ears” with no chance of exposing the glue line when cutting the headstock pattern. A face veneer and a backstrap are added. In this case the same species as the fb, Blue Gum. The face veneer adds a bit of strength but the real strength comes with the backstrap.
My old Ulmia veneer plane is now the roughie and my $7 Hong Kong plane is set fine. ( I have two)
Cutting a vertical shoulder on the face veneer
Quarter sawn Blue Gum I salvaged from the firewood on the day I BBQed my Chistmas roasts. Fingerboard & veneers.
Thicknessed to 2.08mm on a loose backing board. Take only a fart skin thickness, each pass on the thicknesser, when getting this thin. This method allows full use of the bed rollers as well as the feed rollers.
Plane, fence and push stick to dress 2mm x 2mm Solomon Blackwood binding. The thickness of the binding, already fitted at the end, kept failing for the much tighter radius near the nut.
Hot pipes big & small
The Veritas round bottom spokeshave is for finish work only. The throat opening is so small it can’t be set rough. For muy rapido timber removal I still rely on my Stanley 151 that I have ground double convex. Of the two spokes, only the Stanley’s handles are high enough not to bottom out carving the inside of a guitar or mando top / bottom. Some sanding blocks. Thong soles and flooring cork glued to timber or 3mm MDF for slight flex.
Violin peg reamer to fit the tuners
-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.