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cornfedgroove
10-23-2009, 04:20 PM
ok ok...I'm gonna start shaping my necks more, or at least experimenting with it. More than that, I'm gonna pony up, get a block of wood and try to do a one piece neck.

I can always borrow a bandsaw, but I dont have any patterns for necks. I can always wing it, but was looking for some guidance before I do. I also need quality wood rasp. I dont need the Bentley of rasps...maybe like a honda accord, or nissan.

thanks homies

luvzmocha
10-23-2009, 05:27 PM
http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele.jpg

I don't know if this would help. A fret calculator would help with the length of the neck from the nut to where you join the body.

cornfedgroove
10-24-2009, 05:37 AM
i may be missing something, but I cant read the measurements on that...

luvzmocha
10-24-2009, 06:01 AM
The blueprint is in French. Measurements are in Millimeters.

1 millimeter = 0.0393700787 inch

RonS
10-24-2009, 06:20 AM
i may be missing something, but I cant read the measurements on that...


You can download the PDF here
http://www.grellier.fr/plans.php

dave g
10-24-2009, 07:44 AM
Nicholson makes good files / rasps - any hardware store.

Matt Clara
10-24-2009, 10:06 AM
Coupla good questions out of you, sir! Saved me the time and effort. I can't answer your question, but I can point you to a fret calculator in English:
http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

cornfedgroove
10-24-2009, 10:10 AM
for clarification...I dont need a fret calculator lol. You've all seen me make fretboards :) I was just prodding for basic neck dimensions.

Timbuck
10-24-2009, 10:19 AM
Rasps and Bastard cut engineering files..Now your talking my language..BAHCO
is as good as any I've used ...Look at some here.
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=bahco+rasp&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_dmpt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&_odkw=bastard++file&_osacat=0
and here.
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=bahco+Bastard+file&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_dmpt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&_odkw=bahco+rasp&_osacat=0

Pete Howlett
10-24-2009, 10:23 AM
I use a Chinese swordfish, 2nd cut and dead smooth engineering files...

cornfedgroove
10-24-2009, 12:36 PM
so whats the difference between a rasp and a file?
In my mind a rasp is like a fine cheese grater? and a file is just steel sandpaper of sorts?

So how many files and whatnot would I need?

course, medium and dead smooth? but when you tell me, you gotta distinguish between which is rasp and which is file.

Uke-lahoma
10-25-2009, 03:32 AM
The blueprint is in French. Measurements are in Millimeters.

1 millimeter = 0.0393700787 inch

Here (http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele_en.pdf) are the blueprints in english.

Sven
10-25-2009, 06:00 AM
The micro plane type of rasps is imo prone to digging grooves in the wood. They are holed like cheese graters. My favorite files are pferd, they're so sharp you need a glove on your left hand or the pressing thumb will look like an open book of red pages...

Saw pferd on a US site, if I find a link again I'll post it. These files give a surface like glass if you push the file straight.

Sven