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    How do people cut the hole in the headstock overlay to get at the truss rod pocket? My truss rod slot is cut. I have an LMII truss rod that I am about to put in, though it isn't yet installed. It seems like the truss rod should be in before the headstock overlay goes on, but I don't know how to cut the hole in the overlay without banging my tools on the truss rod.

    I'd like it to look like this:

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    I've seen John Hamlett's method in his mandocello build thread:

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    I have a Dremel (though I'm much more comfortable with hand tools), but I can't figure out how Mr. Hamlett did what he did without whacking the truss rod nut.

    Thanks as always for your help.

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    Default Re: truss rod pocket and headstock overlay

    Quote Originally Posted by MinkBrookRambler View Post
    ...I can't figure out how Mr. Hamlett did what he did without whacking the truss rod nut.
    Simple. I set the depth of cut to just a tiny bit more than the thickness of the overlay, and since I know where the pocket is, I can draw the cut with a pencil, then route around the edge of the pocket. That keeps the cutter clear of the rod, but even if I route directly over the rod, the cutter is not deep enough to hit it. BTW, the nut is not on the rod yet when I'm routing the overlay.

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    I cut it out before I attach the overlay to headstock.
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    Default Re: truss rod pocket and headstock overlay

    I also precut the hole. I like to use allen head nuts so that the pocket can be made as small as possible. I just made 2 mandos with no truss rod, just 2 glued up 1/8" x 1/2" carbon fiber rectangular strips - no truss rod cover.

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    I cut it with a jig saw before going on. Unlike everyone else I put the full overlay on so it looks like a paddle and cut the peghead shape with the overlay on, then rout for binding.

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