To speed up the process and save my joints, I've added a new jig to handle the work of carving the back contour of my guitar necks. It's called the Scheltema Neck Jig and was designed and developed by fellow luthier Bill Scheltema. You can see it in action and download the plans from his youtube video. Here are a few photos of my version:
|The jig slides back and forth over my router while the neck is rotated|
from side to side.
|I use a 1/2" diameter straight bit to do the carving as|
I slide the jig back and forth.