I was thinking for my first project to buy a ready made neck and make the body. That makes things a lot easier. Can I do pocketing with a hand drill? It seems like my hand will fly everywhere though. What do you think?ajcoholic said:as much as I would like to say yes, thats going to be very difficult. However, if you have a drill press (not a hand drill) and a decent set of forstner bits, that almost does away with the need for a router. There are a lot of thigns you can do with the tools you have, but its going to take longer and perhaps require a lot more hand work (and more skill) to get things accurate.
Pick something easy and go with that first...
Alright thanks. Ill pm you if I have any questions in the future.ajcoholic said:Well, thats a good idea (start with a body). Yes, a neck pocket can certainly be done with just a chisel. But, you have to be very accurate, and take your time. Like cutting a hand mortise & tennon joint in a piece of furniture, a neck pocket is 100% possible with minimal hand tools.
Doing it with a hand drill isnt going to be any good IMO.
Make sure you have a good sharp chisel and the body is clamped down to your table so you can use both hands. mark out your pocket with pencil and accureatly work to those marks.
Actually, On my last two guitars (that were set necks) I did the body mortise with a chisel, drilling the bulk of the wood away first and cleaning it up with a SHARP hand chisel.
Thanks for the offer. But, I want plan and build everything myself. Loligager, how does the instrument play?Lowtones said:Hey Snowblind, Do you have wheels? I'm away for all of May but if you care to wait until June and you don't mind a 2 1/2 drive. You are welcome to come to my place on a weekend and we can get you set up to make a body. What kind of guitar were you thinking of. To make a body minus any special shaping & sanding will take around three hours. The rest can be done with a $10.00 wood rasp and sandpaper. If you want to make the neck as well then you better come on a Friday night and plan to stay the weekend.
BTW this is a serious offer.
I have built a body with that and just one more thing,SnowBlind said:Do you think I can finish an entire guitar with just having an elec jig saw, a drill, and sand paper?
You and your forstner bits...ajcoholic said:as much as I would like to say yes, thats going to be very difficult. However, if you have a drill press (not a hand drill) and a decent set of forstner bits, that almost does away with the need for a router.