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Drilling the peg holes
  1. In case you have not predrilled the pegholes, realign the neck template and remark the four peg holes with a scribe (needle). Check the positions of the marks and make corrections where necessary.
  2. Drill the four 6 mm wide "r" holes starting first on one side, drilling half way. When the four holes are half drilled, drill them from the other side. Do not drill more than half the length on each side.

    A good technique is to clamp a hand (of power) drill in your vice and hold the pegbox in our other hand. Drill slowly constantly checking on the position of the drill bit.

Carving the peg box
  1. Mark the extent of the pegbox by drawing parallel lines to the pegbox walls inset by 5 mm, "t", as in Fig. 1.

    Note that the walls are getting thicker towards the floor of the pegbox, see the dashed red line. The front wall, forming the extension of the nut "b", runs at an angle of approximately 105 degrees, "x" in Fig. 2. The bottom of the pegbox should be of consistent thickness at the same time allowing sufficient space for the strings, placing it normally about 4 mm, "t", below the pegs, see dashed line defining the bottom in Fig. 2.
  2. Start removing wood using a suitable (preferably U shaped) gouge. Make sure you are not removing too much wood - the pegbox sidewalls should not be thinner than 5 mm at the top and 7 mm at the floor.


Category: Neck and scroll