|Project by mtalley||posted 09-25-2015 04:57 PM||841 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I have been “making due” when working on/restringing guitars or banjos for my whole playing life. I use a pillow normally to support the neck, but for the last couple of years, as I have gotten more and more into properly setting up and repairing instruments (...notably ones that get dropped off the roof of a car…), I have wanted a proper neck rest. I really like the StewMac version that is round, but it is made of wood, so I can’t just go and buy it… That is just crazy talk! I did what any of us on LJ would do: I just copied it and made my own.
I had some left over beech counter-top that I glued up (3” thick and in a 9” square) and made it round on the lathe with the final diameter being 8.75”. I bored a hole in the center and enlarged it with a bowl gouge. After getting it all round, smooth, and the hole in the center added, I pulled it off the lathe and went to work on the bench: Cutting 1/3 off and then made a channel with a rasp and sanding wheel (chucked up in the lathe) on the two flats of the larger piece. Some hide glue, a leftover bit of cork, clamping pressure, trim-out of the cork with a razor, and I finally have a proper neck rest.
Side note: I made the hole in the center about 2.75” so that the 5th string tuner on the banjos would clear. See 3rd and 5th picture.
-- Matt at: www.drivenoutside.com/blog