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Spanish Heel Side Slots

Post by Allen » Thu May 07, 2015 5:44 am

Achieving a perfectly fitting neck to body join is dead easy with the Spanish Heel design. Here's how I cut the critical part where the sides join the neck.

https://youtu.be/rjcl2IjbCSM
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Post by kiwinoz62 » Thu May 07, 2015 3:09 pm

Allen,
Nice one, simple & effective.
cheers wayne . . .

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Re: Spanish Heel Side Slots

Post by Bruce McC » Thu May 07, 2015 4:10 pm

Hi Allen

Thank you for posting the video, just one question. Is the saw blade set at 90 deg,
or is the slope of the cut created by the peghead in the cross cut box?
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Re: Spanish Heel Side Slots

Post by Allen » Thu May 07, 2015 4:23 pm

The blade is set at 7 degrees to match the slope shoulders on my body shape. You would need to work out the angle to use for your design.

Too many designs use a flat area where the neck joins the body just so as to make using a dovetail or bolt on easy to do. It works in that respect, but I think at the expense of some elegance.

The offset created by the peg head veneer adds about 1/2 to 1 degree set to the neck. I build with a dome in the lower bout, so a little neck set is good.
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Post by Steve.Toscano » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:13 pm

Nice.

I was thinking- gee the size of the heel inside the box looks small (not much glueing area), then i realised it was a uke neck. :oops: :oops:

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Post by Allen » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:38 pm

I see some plans and builders using a massive neck bock on ukes just like those found in guitars. Way overkill for something this small.
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