Neck block mock-up

The neck block of a mandolin is second in importance only to the top bracing design. This assembly will hold up to 160 pounds of pull against its structure – it HAS to be sound.

Most traditional mandolins use a dovetail joint for this purpose, in the case of “The Thula” I’ll be using an M & T neck joint. There is a way to make this unit every bit as strong as a dovetail with some added flexibility in the glue-up procedure, that’s why I’m utilizing this design.

This picture shows a mock-up in process. Once the glue cures I’ll cut the block on the table saw caddy to shape. This way I can test fit my design and make adjustments without having to scrap expensive solid woods used in the construction of the actual instrument.