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Geoff Davis
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Carving heels
Mar 1st, 2004 at 8:10am
 
I've read references to carving heels using a jig on the table saw.  I looked up the reference in Arthur E. Overholtzer's Classic guitarmaking and I can't makes heads or tales out of the explaination.  I understand the concept, but how is it put into practice?
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Re: Carving heels
Reply #1 - Mar 3rd, 2004 at 2:58pm
 
Hi Geoff,
I think a picture is truly worth a thousand words in this case.  Set up your blade height and stop block using a scrap piece:

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The idea is to rough shape the heel using the radius of the saw blade.  There is still going to be a lot of shaping by hand, but this gives us a good head start.  We're using a 10" saw in these examples:

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-Asa
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Re: Carving heels
Reply #2 - Mar 3rd, 2004 at 4:26pm
 
Thanks Asa! I've got it now.
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Reply #3 - Mar 4th, 2004 at 2:25pm
 
Aloha all...Great photos in illustrating the use of a table saw to get a symetrical headstart on heel carving. This is a godsent and a huge improvement over carving out a heel from a billet or a stack of blocks. The sawblade really captures the heel shape! Mahalo for the pictures!

V. chock
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