#1
First off let me say that this is by no means the only way to cut and do a scarf joint. However, with the tools i have, i found this to be easiest with me. I'll cover more ways in the future, but this should suffice for now.


I.The jig
II. Using/setup with jig
III. Preparing the headstock joint

---Then it branches off to two ways of gluing on the headstock.--

IV.Scarf joint type #1
V. Scarf joint type #2

VI.Last steps/finishing touches.
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I. Making the jig
This is made of 1.75" by 1.75" poplar. You can get this at any home depot place. I already had some laying around.


* I forgot to take pictures when i made this, so i just drew it all out*
1. First, we cut up three pieces, and put them together like so:


2.We then using a protractor, mark out 15* (or what ever you want) degrees.


3. We make the cut. Easiest way to do this is a miter saw, but it can be done by hand as well.
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#3
II. Setup, drawing out your scarf, etc.

Drawing the joint
For this part, you just need a protractor, a square/ruler, a pencil, and your blank.
1.Draw a line across the top of the blank, where you want the nut to go.
2.Bring that line straight down the side.
3.line up the center of the protractor (90* mark) on the line you just drew.
4.Mark where the angle is to be (ie, a mark at the 15*, 12*, etc)
5.Connect from the first line to the mark you just made.

Should look something like this:



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Cutting out the joint with the jig

A.Materials.


B.How to set it up with the saw:


1.Bring up the blade to a proper height.
2.Attach the neck blank to the jig via tape.
3.You then line up the blade with the line you drew earlier.
4.Bring the guide over so that the jig can ride against it.
5.Power up and make the cut

Joint after being cut out:



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#4
IV. Style one

1.Glue one a piece of properly thicknessed wood:


2. Cut and plane it flat with the neck:


V.Style two
1.Take your cutoff and clamp it to the top of the cut joint. Then plane them together until they are perfectly in line with each other (black line shows what i mean)


2.Position and glue the cut off like so: (note that where you glue it affects the thickness of the headstock)


3.Cut off excess wood, and plane things smooth.
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VI. Final Steps

1.We then cut out ears for the head stock, and glue those on:



2.After it dries, plane it even, and sand it down. The cut out your headstock:




3.Finished Headstock:

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*For future use and expansion, FAQ?*
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#8
Thanks. It's alright. I need to redo some pics on my next scarf joint. I just hope this is easy to follow and understand.
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#9
yeah.
i wonder if this could be used on a bandsaw?
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#10
The Jig? yea. You can get a fence for them like the one i use on my table saw. You could also free hand it, and just plane it flat.
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#12
Post 4, picture 2.

That is a scarf joint from the side.
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#13
I wish this was here befoe my dumbass teacher/bandsaw/scarf joint incident xD
Nice one Bobbo.


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#14
^ I agree with you. Like i said in the beginning, it works great for my setup. Many people were confused after that step, which is why i did this. The process can easily lead to different jigs and setups for each persons own tools. I merely was showing mine.
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#15
I will agree. I fear even my small table saw. I've had a kickback or two, and that's enough to teach you a lesson. I've never had a issue with this jig though, thankfully.
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#16
Nice tutorial. I use a jig I made in about 10 minutes from some scrap ply, with a router. It looks like this;

With that you dont have to cut it very well since you smooth it off with the router afterwards. I cut mine roughly by hand, and I also did it Ibanez style, so you can see the joint on the back of the neck after its shaped.
#18
Phil, i can't see your picture, but i know what your talking about (i think)
It holds the neck at whatever degrees, and then you take that to a table router and rout till it's flat. I saw it on PG. I don't have a router table but i want to try it

That said, i don't do many scarfs anyway.


Sounds good ohspyro, and my table saw cuts up to 3-1/4". It's just enough to resaw fretboard blanks. Cant do much else with it but cut up neck lams.
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Phil, i can't see your picture, but i know what your talking about (i think)
It holds the neck at whatever degrees, and then you take that to a table router and rout till it's flat. I saw it on PG. I don't have a router table but i want to try it

That said, i don't do many scarfs anyway.


Sounds good ohspyro, and my table saw cuts up to 3-1/4". It's just enough to resaw fretboard blanks. Cant do much else with it but cut up neck lams.

Yeah, I dont know why the pic isnt there. I dont use a table router though, you just need to make a base for the router thats big enough to not fall into the jig. Its really easy and the joints are perfect.
#21
Heres what I have trouble with a setup a jig thing so I have my headstock cut and the neck cut at the same angles, but glueing them together is where it becomes a problem for me, Im not sure I can use clamps as its seems to want to slide, is there a jig I can make to clamp the headstock and neck together?

It looks like you have tape on yours did you just use tape to keep the headstock on the neck while gluing? I've got some binding tape that I could use but I'm unsure of whether just tape will work.
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#22
Hey bobby, I measured my neckblank after the scarf i did (this is regarding what i talked to you about), and it's only 1 inch shorter than what i need.. So I was wondering, I tried to recut it again using the jig in this thread, but the neck blank doesn't stay still when i cut, so i get an uneven surface for my scarf.

How do i get a straight cut? :/ I'm in woodshop right now.


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