I have a couple of small things to attend to before I can begin the neck reset on the Regal. Better to take care of them now rather than later.
A couple passes with a chisel takes care of it.
I recently sharpened all of my chisels and now they're ready to go. I have read that it takes a while to get the hang of sharpening tools such as these. I'm getting a lot better.
I've also read that the test for 'scary sharp' is being able to cut the hairs on your arm (if you have hairs on your arm). Yes, the chisels passed that test!
It looks to me as if the dovetail was a bit rough, and Regal just depended on shims to make a tight joint.
I'll be interested to see if my May Bell guitar looks the same.
Looks better I think.
I've already scouted The Dungeon for new shims. I found a small hunk of maple that should work well when it's cut up into shim-shape.
In any event, I need to glue it up.
The green arrow points to a corner of the dovetail that's cracked. I want to save that piece, so I'll inject some glue in the crack.
The blue arrow points to separation between the dovetail and the fingerboard. You'll see this a fair amount when you take a neck off - usually the steam and use of the separation knife will open this joint up. Just a side effect of using steam to get the neck off.
Not a big thing, and easy to fix.
We inject the hot glue into the crack with a 0.7mm needle on the syringe. I gently pushed the end of the fingerboard down to help open the crack.
You can see the glue squeezing out of the crack - this ensures the joint will have the proper amount of glue in it. The excess wipes up easily with a hot, damp rag. (I just dip it in the water I'm using to heat the glue jar in).
You can see the repaired crack will be almost invisible.
That clamp, by the way is quite small - it's only about 1.5 inches (maybe 37mm) across. The wide angle lens on the camera makes it look huge! I bought the clamp at a yard sale for 10 cents. I probably should dunk it in Naval Jelly to de-rust it, but it works fine as is.
I really like injecting the glue this way. Lots of fun!
But I had time to take this quick shot of the joint before I clamped it up. Notice the glue coming out of the joint - A Good Thing.
Again, you can give it a quick wipe with a damp rag to get up the excess. Any that's left after the glue dries will come up easily with a hot rag and a bit of scraping.
Isn't hide glue wonderful?
After these 2 repairs dry, I have a couple more to work on.