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Feb 11, 2019 - 2:45:36 PM
813 posts since 4/13/2017

It's been rather slow going, but it's going. I added a walnut fretboard and two piece walnut peghead overlay. I also cut the angle and radius for the heel. I sort of messed up the heel a little by cutting it too short. Therefore, this banjo will only be a 21 fret rather than 22 (unless I'm lucky enough to squeeze that 22nd on in somehow).

I cleaned up a lot of the rough edges on it last Friday. I plan to cut the hoop notch and flange notch for a two piece flange, along with adding the side contours of the heel this Friday coming.

I wanted it to be perfect, but I guess I can't really expect that for my first build hahaha.


Edited by - Blue20Boy17 on 02/11/2019 14:52:40

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:59:22 PM

23 posts since 3/8/2018

Hi
Well I've been there so keep going. The first one is hard and allot to figure out. I made mine from a pile of wood and it took me 8 months to finish. I was worth all the time spent looks good to me

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:24:48 PM

eljimb0

Micronesia, Federated States of

1955 posts since 7/24/2007

Keep it up! I found that little drum sanders in a drill press is my best friend for shaping things. Do a good job on the volute and you will always remember it.

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:42:36 PM
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246 posts since 12/28/2014

You haven’t cut the fret slots yet so you can always shorten the scale a smidge if you have to have that 22nd fret.

Also... how are you planning on cutting the fret slots? If I’m not mistaken it looks like you already started to shape/taper the neck profile, if that is going to be your fret board slotting it will be difficult.

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:54:37 PM

813 posts since 4/13/2017

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Originally posted by link-o-sausages

You haven’t cut the fret slots yet so you can always shorten the scale a smidge if you have to have that 22nd fret.

Also... how are you planning on cutting the fret slots? If I’m not mistaken it looks like you already started to shape/taper the neck profile, if that is going to be your fret board slotting it will be difficult.


I have a friend that makes Cigar Box guitars, and he has a fret slotting saw and miter box. I was planning on marking the spots for him, and just let him do the fret job, or he said he'd loan me the tools and let me do it.

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:14:07 PM

4462 posts since 3/6/2006

Shaping a neck is the most relaxing and fulfilling part of the banjo building experience. A least that's been my experience.

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:03:08 PM
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77 posts since 2/20/2004

Nice work so far.
As Link-O-sausages alluded to, it is so much easier to cut frets when the fingerboard is rectangular. Keeps them square or straight in the fingerboard.
Maybe worth the effort to remove the fret board and replace with one that already has fret slots cut and before the frets are inserted is an ideal time to add inlays.
Just my two cents.
Enjoy the process


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Feb 12, 2019 - 3:52:23 AM
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1389 posts since 6/2/2010

Or you could just forget the frets this time and make it a fretless neck.

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