For those who might have forgotten, the Highwayman Banjo is my first attempt at building a 5-string banjo. I did a lot of work on it over the Summer and had to shut up shop for Winter. Now Spring's here, I've been itching to get back out in the garage to create more sawdust.
Today's challenge has been to fit the neck to the head. I've had many sleepless nights wondering how I'm going to do it. It seems I just needed to take the plunge...
It was great to get the tools out again. Here I am preparing myself to drill the hole for the barrel nut. I measured twice... several times. View this as me limbering up.
I dispensed with the drill press for my next trick and reverted to doing it all by eye. Here we are looking down on the end of the neck and I've only gone and drilled the hole for the bolt. But would it line up?
Of course it would line up! Ha ha.
See here the bolt standing proud. I've fixed it into the barrel nut and everything is looking great!
Having done far more than I thought I would today, I started to measure up the neck for gluing the fretboard in place. Here I am with the truss rod cut to size and fitted in place. In no time at all, I'd glued it and was onto the fretboard.
If you're wondering why I've got the odd hole to the bottom left of the truss, then you need to go read about how I cut that hole and why I am so glad to be beyond that.
And if you're wondering how I made the fretboard as purdy as I did, then you need to go read about that too.
Here we are, all clamped up and nowhere to go. I'm going to leave it overnight and let's see how it looks in the morning... :-D
This shit is hot!
That's your lot for today. If things go according to plan, I'll be back at it tomorrow!