Archive for December 20th, 2011

Stage 1) Templates and their uses.

Plastic template.

Wooden template used at jcsmi.

I use a sheet of plastic to make my templates from. The plastic template has a variety of uses. First and foremost, it is used to layout the patters on larger pieces of wood stock. Trace out the pattern in the best way to minimize your waste. The wooden one is made out of maple, I find this wood to be stable. It is .750″ thick. The wooden one is used to fasten the actual neck blank to. I use the wooden template as a guide while creating the profile. If you have any questions, please email me at and I will see if I can help with your issues or simply just ask in the comments section.


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