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    Hi John,

    Beautiful dovetail! What's your process for fitting the curved faces on the neck side of the joint to the body? Getting those two curved surfaces in such consistent contact is an amazing display of craftsmanship! Also, are the radiuses at the back of the female side of the dovetail to help prevent possible cracks from starting there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schneidly View Post
    ...What's your process for fitting the curved faces on the neck side of the joint to the body? Getting those two curved surfaces in such consistent contact is an amazing display of craftsmanship! Also, are the radiuses at the back of the female side of the dovetail to help prevent possible cracks from starting there?
    I chalk fit the dovetail. Smear chalk (regular blackboard chalk, not dustless) on the rim and inside the mortise and let the transfer of chalk to the neck indicate where to remove wood.
    The radius in the mortise corners is to help avoid splitting, as you surmised. Probably doesn't really help much, but it makes me think it will at least!

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    I have done plenty of neck resets on guitars and that is one nice piece of work John.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Plane makers float....

    https://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/40...emakers-floats

    They have milled teeth that act like tiny scraper planes.
    Yep, I looked it up after Clark's post. Look's like a good tool that I could certainly use.

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    Thank you for the tip about using blackboard chalk with getting the fit right and confirming the purpose of the radiuses!
    What tools are you using to remove wood from those curved surfaces on the neck? Rasp/file? Sandpaper glued to a convex piece of wood? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schneidly View Post
    ...What tools are you using to remove wood from those curved surfaces on the neck?...
    Incannel gouge mostly, also a pocket knife.

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    Shhhh, John . . .
    You're not supposed to let 'em know we use pocket knives . . .

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    I see that John cuts the inside cornes of the neck pretty sharp and fitting the female part. Those areas are often the hardest to fit as they are not easily acessible without good incannel gouge and they are not really straight line top to bottom but rather a part of a helix.

    I tend to chamfer the edges of body dovetail which leaves tiny bit of room at those corners for easier fitting and in my case also route for extra glue to escape as I glue the neck to body after back is glued.
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    Cleaning up that inside corner is where the pocket knife gets used. I do slightly chamfer the corners of the rim to avoid interference, but not a lot and apparently it doesn't show much in internet photos.

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    Linings being glued to the rim for the back.
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    Linings leveled and ready for gluing the back.
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    Back glued, edges cut for bindings.
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    Bindings glued.
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    After a little curing time, the heel button binding mitered in and glued.
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    Bindings will have to cure for a week or so before work resumes, other than the "cross piece" binding.
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    Thanks for sharing all your beautiful progress, John! I'm curious why the "cross piece" goes in later rather than prior to or during binding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schneidly View Post
    I'm curious why the "cross piece" goes in later rather than prior to or during binding?
    It's just the way I do it. I can extend the body bindings across the slot where the cross piece goes, then cut it so that the binding material fits tightly. In the case of celluloid binding, like in this case, I can dry fit the material and then simply flood with acetone to glue it in place.
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    After flooding with acetone and letting it dry I can trim off some of the excess to that it is less likely to get knocked loose from handling of the mandolin.
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    What John does is how most of the old Gibsons were made. Two angled pieces of binding instead of one wide strip as is common with recent makers.
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    Thermally roasted American stratocaster. 'Perfect amount of mojo only possible from decades of luthier's tears...
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    Next time you do that, James, save it to bring to RF and casually toss on the campfire - I'm sure the reactions would be priceless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by j. condino View Post
    Thermally roasted American stratocaster. 'Perfect amount of mojo only possible from decades of luthier's tears...
    Now, THAT'S hot!

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    Another bit of Griffith tribute progress:
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    Beautiful!

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