Lovely morning here, so I went to my local timber merchants, have been going there for years. I got a few fronts and backs for my boxes.
You may or may not know, that I have been playing 6 strings for over 50 years, and last year my cervical spine disks 3 in all decided to pinch down on the chord, I was walking like a drunk, but without the fun part. They got me in and operated from the front of my neck,on the inside of my spine, shaving the bones and fitting titanium spacers, but unfortunately when I woke up I had no feeling in my right hand.
Consequently I haven't been able to play my guitars since last October.
Frankly I was getting really down, when I found out about CBG,s, and I decided that I wanted to get into making at least one for myself. I figured that I could try, having nothing to lose.
It worked albeit very slowly, and it's lifted my spirits tremendously, I'm hooked.
But so far I have only shaped one neck by hand, with a Shinto saw/file and sand paper.
It's fine now but initially I made so many mistakes, all of which I have rectified.
I've learned a lot during this, so it's all good.
I am waiting for another major op in approx 8 weeks on the back of my spine to level them up again. They have said that there is a possibility of coming out on wheels, but I told the surgeon that if I couldn't play again, I would prefer to be out of it entirely.
Any way on the positive side, it struck me that if I could find or make a jig to carve the necks with a router, it would make my current situation much easier, so I wonder if anyone out there knows of a method.
I really would appreciate any or all help in this regard.
Best Wishes
Really hope to meet some of you at the Cambridge get together.
Phil Hale

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Phil

I have used a 3/4 round or round over bit to take off / round over the edges. I  now use a 45 degree router bit on a router table,  and finish it with a spoke shave to get to a "D", done by by eye and feel, I keep meaning to make a template .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIArvMvcHlY

Good luck with the operation, fingers crossed.

David

Wow that made short work of it, I still like the idea of the fixture, as it will give me more control of the work piece
Thanks again
Phil

You don't need a jig only a bit like this

Thank you so much for your response

Phil

On my previous reply I said that i used a 3/4 inch round-over bit, but on reflection it is more like 3/8 of an inch. Struggling to find a bigger radius on a 1/4 spindle.

David

Back again, just by way of explanation, I got given the router and table a couple of weeks ago, by an old friend, but I had never used one before
and,didn't know about the direction of the tool etc and it snatched the blank and because the router bit comes in from below the table I couldn't see the cut happening. One scrap blank.
I bought the palm router to, put a Small rebate in the front and back,to fit the 1/8 ply into the front and back panels so as to hide the edge of the ply.
Wood is pretty new to,me, I'm used to turning metal, milling drilling and welding. Etc
Anyway thanks again
Phil

Michael

Is the a 3/4 inch round over bit, and are you using it in a pillar drill?

David

First, many thanks for taking the time to respond, it's much appreciated.
I do have a pillar drill, and I have a plunge router and router table, and recently bought a small Palm router, only £30 off that well known bay.
Both are 1/4 shanks. I'm a time served tool nut.
Thanks Again

David,it's a1" bit used in a router

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a few? That's a few months worth! :) 

Yeah, I'm looking towards to meeting you guys too. 

If there's one thing I've seen characterising all the people in here it's sheer bloody mindedness and a headstrong will to keep things going to reach goals and accomplish things that other people only dream about. Your here so you must have that same drive as we all do.

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