Basic layout at the headstock end of the neck blank.
Layout of the back of the headstock volute.
Top of the neck requires no layout other than the centerline.
Another shot of the back layout with the model of the finished volute as a guide.
The 8 degree angles sled for holding the neck for working with the band saw.
The first cuts from the back side of the neck blank following the lines of the volute.
Same thing on the left side of the volute.
Now the neck is on the band saw table 90 degrees from the fingerboard face of the neck. I am cutting the wedge for the headstock plate to slide into.
Back on the 8 degree angled sled for cutting the shoulders of the headstock where it will fit up against the end of the neck blank.
Same cut from the opposite side showing the two leftover pieces from the previous cut.
The finished cuts for the birds beak with sanding block to clean it up.
Coarse sandpaper attached to a scraper to clean up the inside of the bird's beak joint.
The box for routing the headstock plate "dovetail".
The box and a headstock plate ready to get clamped into the box and routed.
The headstock blank locked in place ready to route.
The acrylic routing guide on top of the box.
The headstock with the completed routing.
Finished plate ready for rough fitting to the bird's beak on the neck blank.
The plate and the birds's beak rough fitted and the joint tested for fit.
The plate has now been shaped and final fitted.
View of the wider tongue that supports the plate from the top.
The final fitting is completed and ready to carve the volute.
Hand carving the volute to its final shape, all done with the headstock plate off.
The completed neck (foreground) and a comparison neck (background) from a mid-1960's Martin showing the faux volute which is carved out of the solid on the one piece mahogany neck.