View Full Version : Getting rid of excessive hangover

09-17-2011, 04:17 AM
I normally leave a good bit of hangover on my tops and backs.. I've knacked in one or two ukes in the past trying to rout off too big a rim:( so I trim it down a bit on the bandsaw 1/4" blade first..then sand close to the edge on the spindle sander..and finish off on the table router and hand sanding....but the first op: on the bandsaw can be a bit dodgy, and i'm scared of running the blade into the sides and ruining a good uke....so I came up with this simple device to keep the saw blade close to the job...seems to work OK :)

dave g
09-17-2011, 04:51 AM
"T" slots in the table - cool!

09-17-2011, 05:07 AM
"T" slots in the table - cool! you can always drill and tap a few holes here and there in the table:)

09-17-2011, 06:42 AM
Great idea. I've nicked a few before also. Might have to give this a try.

09-17-2011, 07:17 AM
Clever jig. In the past, I've used black coffee or a "hair of the dog" for excessive hangover.

09-17-2011, 08:01 AM
Great idea Ken. Might borrow that meself. cheers

Michael N.
09-17-2011, 08:44 AM
Just make sure the bolt is real tight. . . .

Pete Howlett
09-17-2011, 09:34 AM
Been using the 'dead man's finger' for years... can't remember where I got it from. I use a 6mm piece of ply clamped to the table - most of my fixtures and jigs are either 6mm or 9mm. I use a laminate trimmer to remove excess - wont let a bandsaw near a body... eek ;)

Rick Turner
09-17-2011, 10:58 AM
Ditto here. We use that technique, too. You can do a similar trick on a table saw for template sawing parts before fine finishing them on a table router with a ball bearing bit. That's how we hog out the basic shape of bolt on (Fender-style) guitar and bass necks.

new wave ukulele
09-17-2011, 11:07 AM
used this to pre-profile fingerboards and sides.

09-17-2011, 12:13 PM
Clever jig. In the past, I've used black coffee or a "hair of the dog" for excessive hangover.
Dido. The only thing that works.

09-17-2011, 09:41 PM
I use a similar jig for overlays on the headstock.

09-18-2011, 12:11 PM

09-18-2011, 12:20 PM
I take mine down with an old industrial upright beltsander.

10-26-2011, 06:31 AM
Got it working just right now after a few mod's...it leaves an even 3mm all round now just right for the router.. and no chance of nicking the sides :D
and I think I'll make the pointy bit out of nylon so it wont break off
Modified bit.
in action
Job done

10-26-2011, 06:37 AM
This is great. I'm definitely still planning to give this a try when I get some time. I've nicked the sides before on the band saw and the belt sander.

Vic D
10-26-2011, 07:36 AM
This needs to go in the building tips sticky. I'm building my ugliest uke ever so I can keep one and I had a little of the top blow out while routing off the excessive overhang. Fortunately, the binding covered it up. This will save wear and tear on the flush bits too... and bits are expensive as we all know.

Raw egg and orange juice with a dash of tabasco and bob's your uncle.

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

10-27-2011, 10:30 AM
Excellent building tip! Thank you!

01-11-2013, 09:54 AM
I finally got around to giving this a try. I removed the top from my second tenor and decided to experiment with a bracing scheme. After gluing on the top I needed to trim the overhang and decided to spend a few minutes working up Ken's jig. I already had the runner from a featherboard I made years ago so it just took a few minutes to put it together. It worked fine with the larger blade but a smaller blade would be better as I did have one small area of chipout.


01-11-2013, 11:02 AM
I built this set up;


It works for routing binding and there's the "bonus feature" on the bottom. invert the top washers and you can trim the sides down. 1st Jig I built that didn't need many modifications. Kenn sells these completely set up with the laminate trimmer, if you didn't want to make one.

01-11-2013, 11:18 AM
I eventualy ruined mine by setting the blade wrong and cut the end off the jig :o ...But I made another one out of aluminium :)

01-12-2013, 07:44 AM
What happens if you set the blade wrong with the aluminum jig?

01-12-2013, 08:59 AM
What happens if you set the blade wrong with the aluminum jig?

Same thing ..make another :)

01-12-2013, 09:31 AM
Guido Henn (the Woodworker not the Musician) produces some excellent videos for the German equal to Popular Woodworking magazine Holzwerken. I love his resaw safety pushblock and the pattern Bandsawing jigs. Much easier than setting up the Router.


01-12-2013, 04:01 PM
Tarhead.... Thank you! I had seen this vid once before and always meant to check it out again, but could never find it on YouTube. Serendipity! Thanks.

Timbuck, What you've worked out looks great. But I stay away from the bandsaw if I have an excessive hangover.:rolleyes:

Tobin Crooks