When I started this class I knew right away I would have to do a lot of work at home to keep up. Not having a bunch of essential tools slowed me down, but I’m finally getting some work done between classes.
I swear there’s a ukulele somewhere in that pile of stuff!
Last night I planed the sides down from about 4mm to 2mm. Pretty sloppy, but I’m learning. That was fun… there really is pure joy in a nice plane. (My Wood River V3 #5 is treating me well.)
I used a Japanese hand saw to notch out the tenon on the neck. I tried cutting the neck shape out of my blank but it was tough and getting late. The saw I picked up is labeled a “cross-cut” saw so maybe that is making it more difficult to cut up the neck along the grain.
I attempted to cut the mortise out of the neck block by drilling a 1/2” hole and chiseling it out square. I’m not too good with a chisel (just ask my thumb! Ouch) and I drilled a little off center, causing some splintering along the top where the bit ripped through. RE-DO! At least the mahogany was fairly cheap and I have a good amount extra left over from the neck.
Would you call that a mortise and tenon? A tongue and groove? Tab A → Slot A?
Just so I had something I could see in the shape of an instrument, I snapped the neck onto the messy block and popped it on the form.
It’s progress… slow going, but I need to learn to take my time and not feel compelled to finish a project as fast as possible. This is good for me.
-- Justin M Schmidt | Somerville, Massachusetts | http://jusbot.com