Working with the headstock.

Now that the Routen logo is inlayed and sanded even to the headstock Ziricote veneer, the tuner holes and slots need to be completed. I shaped the headstock to its final shape using the bandsaw and then a rasp and sanding block to even out the sides.

The Mother-of-Pearl Routen logo inlayed and sanded.

The Mother-of-Pearl Routen logo inlayed and sanded.

This is a creative shot of the logo through my magnifying glass.

This is a creative shot of the logo through my magnifying glass.

I placed the headstock routing jig on the headstock. This awesome jig was developed by the Luthier Tool Company (www.luthiertool.com) and has guides for the tuner holes and slots where the strings will join the tuner. First I drill the tuner holes by placing the 1/4″ drill bit through the bushings and drilling 1-3/4″ into the head.

The slothead jig provides the capability for precision drilling and routing.

The slothead jig provides the capability for precision drilling and routing.

Slowly removing layers of wood within the slots using the router.

Slowly removing layers of wood within the slots using the router.

After the six tuner holes are drilled, I use the Laminate Trimmer to route the slots in the face of the headstock. This takes over an hour because I just remove about 1/8″ of the wood each pass. After each pass, I lower the router bit another 1/8″ until the slot is all the way through the headstock.

MDR-

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