Primitive Headstock

For the pixie-guitar, which is largely experimental, I decided to use violin tuning pegs, which is probably ill-advised (in fact I was advised not to by the bloke in the music shop), but if you do what you’re told all the time, it’s not really experimenting. So there it is.

tuning_peg

Anyhoo…

1) Take photos of the headstock

head1

head2

2) Superimpose drawing over it

headstock_drawing

3) Cut out cardboard templates on laser cutter

4) Tape them to headstock, drill, sand etc

head2

All of which took about about 1/2 an hour or so… although I generally play with designs etc for a couple of days before cutting anything.

What took a whole lot longer, is that the holes are exactly the same size as fingers… and if you stick your fingers into them, you can’t get them out again. So all up, this bit took an hour.

Something that’s becoming abundantly clear with all this, is that it’s a hell of a lot easier to mark hole positions etc etc, using a laser-cutter on the wood first. Trying to get things to line up afterwards is time-consuming and fiddly. It might even be best to drill the holes all the way through with a laser-cutter… even though it basically leaves a charred hole. Holes can be widened… even if they’re just guides.

Yea, yea. Get a CNC mill. Getting harder and harder to avoid. Trouble is, I don’t have anywhere to put it, without doing some <airquotes>Tidying Up </airquotes>.

cnc_mill

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