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    I built a jig to make fitting the neck easier for me.

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    I took a piece of 3/4" x 12" x 30" and cut two 2" strips off each side and screwed it to the remaining piece. I joined it to the factory edges because they were straight.

    Then I marked a center line and cut out a window.

    Here it is with the body installed: Mark the center of top and put on the centerline of the jig.

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    Do the same thing with the neck and tighten down the neck alignment fence:

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    Then I clamped the bottom of the jig in my bench vise with the uke on the back side. To use, just lift the neck slightly, insert sandpaper, and then hold it down on the sandpaper and against the alignment fence and jig. Floss until happy.

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    Excellent solution. Bravo!

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    Nice connection. Where there is a will, there is a way... My only suggestion is cut off the end of that screw sticking through before it cuts your hand (picture 4). Blood on an uke stains badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    My only suggestion is cut off the end of that screw sticking through before it cuts your hand (picture 4). Blood on an uke stains badly.
    Good point. ...and replace the finishing nails on the sides with some dowels or round-headed screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klr View Post
    I built a jig to make fitting the neck easier for me.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    I've just fitted my first neck today - a jig like this would have made my life a whole lot easier ! ! !

    I might just 'recreate' this for my next ukulele

    Cheers
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_tatt View Post
    Thanks for sharing this.

    I've just fitted my first neck today - a jig like this would have made my life a whole lot easier ! ! !

    I might just 'recreate' this for my next ukulele

    Cheers
    Mike
    You're welcome, Mike. If you do make one, please let me know how it works for you and if you make any improvements.

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    Thanks for the jig idea, klr.

    It was fun to build. I added hold down clamps to hold the neck in alignment when adjusting the fence.







    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    Very nice!

    Those are some good improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing your results.

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    Hi,
    Seem's to be a very useful tool. Is it possible to see a video of how it works? i'dont arrive to understand and i had some troubles with this step...
    Thanks a lot,
    RaphaŽl

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