I also began to make the neck first by squaring the blank.
Squaring the blank will make marking the dimensions much easier.
Also I tried to plan the length so as to optimised the material used.
These necks will be elevated design so they are longer than usually.
I saw the scarf joint and clean the joint up with block plane.
Before that I clamp a guide block to ensure that the saw is tracking properly.
Then I just need to make sure the saw stick to the guide block.
If the sawing is good the clean up is minimal.
During clean up I just need to ensure that the surface are straight and aligned.
I made a new head template for the new guitar.
Basically mirroring 2 pieces then join them together.
It has straighter curves more inspired by Simplicio style of head which is easier for carving too.
I jointed the cut-off from the back to form the headplate.
Glued the headplate to the head.
Trimmed the headplated.
Shaping the head. The head was shaped using block planes and saws and files.
The tuner holes are drilled next.
I have the jig from LMI to guide the drill bit.
Just need to make sure the holes are aligned properly for the 2 sides.
I draw a centre line and extend the 3 lines and use a square on the other side to align the intersection with the centre line.
Next I saw away the excess headplate at the fingerboard end.
I had to make sure that the headplate is square to the fingerboard surface.
To do that I use the guide block to saw.
After sawing, I clean up with my chisel.
Next I drill away the waste in the tuner slots.
I use a smaller forstner bit than the one at the start and end of the slot.
Next I chisel away the waste the tuner slot.
The final sanding still needs to be done though.
I also cut the heel block making sure the grain alignment is the same as the neck.
This will ensure that during the carving stage will be easier.
I clean up the slot by filing and sanding.
Next I cut away the piece for the elevated fingerboard portion.
Stacked heel pieces glued. Only the middle portion were glued first in order to facilitate easier planing of the straight back area
The foot piece was gluedto the heel block.