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Comment by Alan Garrett on July 3, 2015 at 5:19pm

I will try that.  Thanks.

Comment by Cynthia Davidson on July 3, 2015 at 3:13pm

After the surfaces are smoothed, I do an x-acto cross cut. Some guy in England showed this with a box cutter. Seemed anti-to achieve flat surface; but provided just enough "bite" without raising the surface to be glued. Obviously dont go too deep. 

Comment by Tom Temple on July 2, 2015 at 8:21pm

The tape idea actually makes a lot of sense. It should provide enough resistance to sliding while the clamps put pressure on the joint. Nice idea.

Comment by Alan Garrett on July 2, 2015 at 7:39pm

I like those smaller clamps.  I have used bigger clamps.  If I put to much pressure on the joint it can slide.

Comment by Alan Garrett on July 2, 2015 at 7:37pm

I like it!

Comment by Mark Lillo on July 2, 2015 at 7:34pm

I use a piece of tape to hold it in place. One of the clamps is just holding the tape down so it doesn't lift. It works very well and it is easy. 

Comment by Tom Temple on July 2, 2015 at 6:55pm

I watched the video. Seems to have made a tough process even tougher. I don't think it has to be that complicated. Just prevent the initial sliding and it will work out fine.

Comment by Alan Garrett on July 2, 2015 at 6:05pm


This guy has some ideas.  I am not sure how the screws would work with what we do.  Most of the guys on Youtube just use clamps.  I think using a thinner layer of glue and letting it pre-dry a little so it is more tacky might also help.

Comment by Tom Temple on July 2, 2015 at 5:23pm

Thanks for the information. I'm always looking for better ways to hold scarf joints while the glue dries. I've tried salt, clamping the pieces to a board to hold them, putting a cut off staple between pieces and many others. I still wish I could find the ultimate holding method.

Comment by Alan Garrett on July 2, 2015 at 4:37pm

Good question Tom.  I just used clamps.  I put a shake of salt in the glue before I clamped it to help prevent it from sliding.  That helped a little.  It still slid a little.

Next time I will try clamping each board in place separately and then clamping the glue joint.  So, I would have one clam on the neck holding in in place.  I would have one clamp on the headstock.  When I like how they are positioned, I will clamp the glued joint.

We shall see how that goes.  It is a theory.

The jig works great though.

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