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Install Truss rod
Setup to play DGBE
Barry and I did some work on this a while back and now we need to get serious with it.
We tried a compression fret and the neck came back up so we will pin it down with a non adjustable truss rod
Shaving the finish off the board prior to removal
Separating at the bottom laminate
Cutting loose the peghead veneer , the veneer is all one piece on BD
Separating the fingerboard
You can see there is little to no glue left, the board came off too easily, and this is what was making the neck come back up as it is in almost every instance of a neck that has been heat pressed and compression fretted.
If there is no hide glue integrity, it is as weak as not even having the fingerboard glued down and prone to warp forward
Cutting the 1/4" all thread to use as the rod, I like the way this has ribbing to hold glue
Starting the channel
All in and ready to bed
I have a filler of wood dust and Titebond 2 in the cavity
Now to mix up the dust with the glue on the board
Ready to lay on the board
Starting at the nut, squishing excess as I go, and mopping it off the neck with a wet cloth
Clamped to the end and wiped, you can see the tip of the rod.
Now for a week of curing both in here and in the sun,
Thats alot of glue to cure and it needs to stay flat during this period
All old finish stripped, ready to re-dye overlays
I always like to take the color from the laminates so that they show brightly after a respray
Going all around the backstrap and sides of the peghead
And then carefully... the center laminate
Now to add some more clear
Every night for the next week it will be in its press while the glue that is inside fully cures and I'll add finish in the hotter parts of the day
Frets releveled a bit now that neck is flat the old leveling is no longer accurate
recrowning, prepping for repolish
Ready to assemble
Ready for Strings
The minor issue was the old tuners all just started acting crappy so I stop, dropped, rolled, and put on a new set and that was nothing compared to after setup and some time under tension.
I did not like the way the banjo neck reacted after applying tension.
There seemed to be uplift where I should have seen any and I had to go in to see what happened because it cannot go out the door in that condition.
Neck action was better.... but I had expected more and I felt it was still too flexible ..
Now to look in again
Very easy removal of fingerboard on layer above the layer I separated on the first trial, looking for signs of poor glue in the old layup
Weak older glue in this area as well
My stuff looks OK, Ill go deeper and redo it all to ease my mind and hope for a better outcome
You can see the lack of glue very well in this pic, just crystalized from age,
Heat and work to get this back off in one piece, the glue on the underside is my first repair
Now to pull the rod, that will mean grinding glue and heating rod to soften underside glue
Nothing was amiss here, the truss bedded perfectly
You can see where the threaded rod was completely bedded with the glue and filler
That shows how hard I was pulling to get the new glue I put in to release after 10 days, Ill go in with a square rod on the next run just because I have one handy
And all epoxy from bedding to lay-up, Im ready to win this battle soon.
5 minute Epoxy for the rod, 15 min for the lay-up, you cannot use 5 in the lay-up and get everything clamped off
Old glue cleaned, channel squared off, rod cut and bedded in epoxy and squegeed flat
Ill wax paper it and squeegee again and let it kick then pull the paper that wont stick, to give a flat start for profiling
Clamped for 20 min so rod can settle
Pull the paper
My Sure Form will make quick work of the excess epoxy, You do not want this to completely dry before this step or it will be grief!
Epoxies have stages and the sooner you learn that the better you will be working with it
New Laminates and the old Maple one cleaned
Ready to glue up and clamp
After the rough in, the frets will be pulled to level fingerboard this time
Reslotting to prep for the new EVO wire
Pressing and gluing,
After leveling the wire, recrowning
All polished and ready for the refinish...again!
Its not going anywhere this time I'll wager.....Overkill is in effect.
After removing all of the finish with the exception of peghead, Im checking my tint color for the nxt run at it.
I got cheeky and left the center light so I could at least see the Tiger Maple this time!
2 more coats to go
Ready for buffing
Lets try this again....
Neck is flat now, I will leave it under tension and we will see what it does when we get up to the Eureka show and see Uncle Barry if Hurricane Issac lets him out!
It was a pretty big dogfight and I hope we got lucky, 3rd time is a charm!
Thanks for watching
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