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ucityuker
12-17-2010, 01:21 PM
So I've had a major planning FAIL. Cut the dovetail all the way through without thinking and when we put in the neck so that it's even with the soundboard there is a gap at the bottom of the heal. Does anyone know of a builder trick to hide this screw up? Sorry for the poor quality photos. They were taken from my phone. As always, thanks in advance for the help. It's always appreciated.

P.S. There is a pic showing the soundboard...it is not glued on. Just a progress pic.

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0187.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0189.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0190.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0191.jpg

Ronnie Aloha
12-17-2010, 01:43 PM
Just add an ebony cap over the neck to take up the bottom portion. You might just fill the sides.

Philstix
12-17-2010, 01:49 PM
I would try to fill in the gap with a piece of scrap from the top or sides, matched for grain and color. I would probably also consider adding a contrasting end cap on the heel, made from the same wood as the fingerboard. This would give you more flexibility in choosing matching grain as it would allow you to use two pieces which match on the outside edges but wouldnt need to match in the middle.

thistle3585
12-17-2010, 03:24 PM
Don't use filler. It will always bother you. Part of learning to build is also learning to repair. From the line running across the heel, I'd guess that you used a stacked heel. I'd cut the heel off at that point and glue a new section in and reshape it.

Flyfish57
12-17-2010, 03:43 PM
I'd make a new neck with a wider heel or as Andrew said, repair that one...Some mistakes you can hide, but this isn't one of them. :)

Timbuck
12-17-2010, 09:52 PM
Dovetails are fun when you get them right..I made that same mistake on my first build and I scrapped the neck and made another ....Your next one will be better....
Is that a compound dovetail or a single one ????

Doug W
12-18-2010, 05:48 AM
Make it a feature-something that is missing on most ukuleles. It is an equalizing vent which helps to maintain equal pressure inside and outside the ukulele to prevent implosions or explosions.

ucityuker
12-18-2010, 06:30 AM
I think we're going to try filling it. I'm sure it will bug me for a while, but it is my first and nothing else on the uke is anywhere near perfection either. Besides, we will be taking a 3 day vacation to Louisiana to visit family on christmas day and I would like to have it finished by then. Nothing like relaxing at my mom's house strumming my uke for 3 whole days. :D

ucityuker
12-18-2010, 06:38 AM
Dovetails are fun when you get them right..I made that same mistake on my first build and I scrapped the neck and made another ....Your next one will be better....
Is that a compound dovetail or a single one ????

It's a single. Not the prettiest in the world but it works.

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0194.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0195.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0195.jpg

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac34/elliscody06/IMG_0196.jpg