Having determined from classical guitar construction that the neck can be integral with the neck-block, I set about shaping the neck into its final form.

I began by chiseling the basic form of the heel, then taking the corners off the neck shaft and using a wood rasp and files to form the head junction and basic heel shapes. Then I used the luthiers mini thumb planes to shape the neck to its final form. The orange rubber mat is a cheap non-slip mat from a kitchenware store – it makes a great non-slip surface on which to work timber.

Mandolin neck

I drew around a 20c (Australian) coin to get the curves for the head decoration and cut that out on the hobby band-saw and smoothed it with the drill-mounted ‘Wasp’ belt sander.

Mandolin neck

Then I smoothed the heel curve with the same belt sander and hand finished sanding using 600 grit, then 1500 grit to get a smooth talc-like finish.

Mandolin neck

With one coat of orange shellac
Mandolin neck

The neck is now almost finished
Mandolin neck

Cheers
Jerry

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