Where were we?
OK, the body shell sides are ready and glued in place.
The neck block has to be made to accommodate the neck tenon.
I have chosen Australian cedar for this because of its lightness and strength.
The neck block has to be moulded to fit the shape of the top end of the body - it will also support both the top and back of the uke.
Cutting Out The Neck
I have made up the neck blank from three strips - two of sassafras and one of Australian rosewood.
Here is the neck roughly laid out on the laminated blank.
The angle of the headstock to the neck is 15 degrees - easily measured with a protractor and angle gauge
After laying out the neck shape precisely, I cut it out on the bandsaw.
All of the remaining shaping of the neck will be done by hand using rasps, spokeshaves and scrapers.
I'll move on to that next.