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These shots are of the finished neck. I tried a new water-based filler and liked it! All of the grain filling worked well and finished superbly.

You can see the 14th fret attachment location on the side view of the neck, that’s a critical point in the assembly of the ukulele.

With the neck bolt in place the next step of gluing the neck to the body becomes quite easy. The bolt allows me the luxury of checking all of the necessary centerlines while the glue sets without clamps in the way. The mechanical attribute of this sequence lets me adjust the neck joint, if needed, by loosening the bolt slightly and resetting a centerline. Twisting is the biggest concern at this step in the process – the centerline at the heel and the front of the fret board extension must align accurately to the centerline of the back and top.

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