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Join the Neck to the Body


The Unpacked Kit
Ribbon Lining
End-Piece Set
Guitar Top
Top Bracing
Guitar Back
Back Bracing
Attaching the Back
Attaching the Top
Edge Bindings
Fitting the Neck
Truss Rod
Fitting the Nut
Grain Filling
Attaching the Neck
Attaching the Bridge
Saddle and Nut
It's Done!

Joining the neck to the body consists of marking where the fingerboard comes in contact with the top of the body, carefully scraping away the lacquer from that area, and then gluing the neck joint and fingerboard to the body with white glue. White glue is used because it can be steamed apart easier than other glues, in the event that the neck needs to be remove for resetting.

I used one cam clamp for applying pressure vertically on the dovetail joint, and two deep-throated C clamps to apply clamping pressure on the area where the fingerboard attached to the body.

Missy, the lilac-point Siamese, provided consulting on proper clamping pressure.  The bag of flour is acting as a counter-weight to keep the neck from resting on the table.

After the neck is glued on, the bridge gets positioned and attached.

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