It is time to start roughing out the neck. I selected a solid billet of Queensland maple large enough to do the neck in one piece. Then, using the round-back mandolin as a guide, marked out the block to get a sense of the 3D shape I was after.

Mandolin neck

Queensland maple is very hard timber so I began the roughing out process by making a series of cross cuts, adjusting the height of the saw to follow the contours.

Mandolin neck

Then the waste was removed with a chisel – there is nothing quite like getting the chips flying!

Mandolin neck

The next part in roughing it out, was to rip cut down each side, finishing short of the head.

Mandolin neck

And here is the result so far – a roughed-out neck ready for final contouring.

Mandolin neck

You can read more on the progress so far as follows:
Part 1 – making a start (selecting the timber)
Part 2 – preparing the top
Part 3 – cutting out the back
Part 4- starting the ribs
part 5 – sawing the ribs
part 6 – thinning the ribs
part 7 – kerfing the linings
part 8 – roughing out the neck

Cheers
Jerry

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