Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hockey Stick Headstocks

Broken headstocks are always an excercise in creative clamping. The hockey stick headstocks, like this Jackson are like trying to clamp a watermelon seed.

I cut a jig out of plywood and bolted the headstock to it reducing it from a 3 to 2 dimensional clamping situation. I use wedges all the time and this was the ideal place for them to apply pressure, a clamp would push the pieces apart. After a few rehearsals I was ready, this clamping arrangement got good glue squeeze out all the way around the gluing surfaces and I was even able to get a clamp from tip to heel of the headstock.After 24 hours I can do the clean up the touch up and the setup.