rico's wrote:...One thing I can't understand, how do you get to the tip of the V in the female part? Can you get a nice pointed tip just by chiselling out material? Bandsaw doesn't get there.
Here's one way of getting the female part...After cutting the angled part (which butts up to the neck) on the table saw, I use a violin makers knife to mark out the V using the male neck part as the template. I run a pencil down the knife marks as it makes the lines easier for my old eyes to see it but if you have good eyes, that's not necessary. I then carefully cut the waste section out with my rip dovetail saw (I find a hand saw faster and more accurate for this operation, others may differ). It leaves a 0.026 kerf and just reachs the bottom of the V. The point of the V is then cleaned up with the violin makers knife using a slicing cut as Michael suggests. If the stars align exactly with Jupiter and Mars, the head fits to the neck perfectly right after brushing off the sawdust but often it takes a tiny bit of adjusting/cleaning up with the knife and/or chisel to get a tight fit all around.
Generally speaking it takes about an hour (most often less) to make this joint from neck blank to glue-up stage. But that might be a little deceptive as the male part of the joint is cut on my table saw using an adjustable jig I made which does the job in four easy cuts (two if making the Panormo style V). So all I'm really hand cutting is the female part of the V.
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