Step 9: Putting It All Together!!!
1. It's quite uncomfortable to play a instrument with all square edges. So using the Cornering Tools (image 2), Rasp, Files, and various Sandpapers I bevel all the edges that will be handled:
The Back of the Neck
*Note: Cornering Tools are optional, you can round out all the parts with the Rasp but look at how nice it bevels (image 3,4) and they're CHEAP!
2. Using scrap wood, I Super Glued two side pieces to the Heck Support in the box to help keep the Neck perfectly aligned (image 5). Then fit the Neck in place and clamp it down (image 6).
3. I then taped the two halves of the heel together (image 7), and glued and clamped the Heel in place (image 8).
Looks nice (image 9)
4. The Headstock Support is such a tricky little component to clamp, I decided to use Gel Super Glue to adhere it (short drying time and strong hold). Make sure it is aligned right in the middle (image 10).
5. Again using Gel Super Glue, I attached the Headstock and Headstock Support to the Neck (image 11).
*Note: It's okay if the Headstock sits a little higher than the Neck, It will work to our advantage when we make the Nut.
6. Last but not least, the Fretboard. Close the box lid and glue the Fretboard down. To clamp, use a scrap piece of lumber to lay over the frets (image 12,13).
Now that it's all together the build is almost complete! (image 14)