Lathe neck carving

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nkforster
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Lathe neck carving

Post by nkforster » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:11 am

I tried this idea out yesterday and it worked a treat -

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A pair of necks done in about 5 minutes flat. It took me longer to make the jig. Now, the jig size, or rather thickness, dictates the end result. I worked it out with a paper and compass, and a bit of trial and error. Those of you who are a bit more mathematical, any ideas what the formula would be?

You know your desired width and thickness at either end of the straight bit. It's the thickness of the jig that the formula would need to produce.

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Re: Lathe neck carving

Post by Mark McLean » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:54 am

That does look cool, and fast. But when I am building for myself, and time is of no concern, I find that hand carving a neck is one of the most enjoyable parts of the build.

It is good to see you up and running in your new place Nigel.

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Re: Lathe neck carving

Post by nkforster » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:31 pm

Yep, the first few hundred are fun!

This is a batch of ukes - I'm making them whilst I wait for more of the stuff to arrive. One of the ways I keep myself interested in the job is to keep trying out different ways of doing the same tasks. Doing necks on the lathe is a bit of fun, but yes, it is super quick.

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