Starting to think  that  maybe I'm  making my necks too  thick. I think it  carried over  from my 2 string bass (from the free plans). I  start with 2x2 poplar or oak, trim it down to 1 inch, and then  add a fretboard.

Just got Shane's book, and am a little  surprised at his use of 1x2 (3/4 x 1.5) and apparently no added fretboard.

What do  you use?

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Yes Tim, if it's not on the 1/4 like that stuff it's often not dead straight. A bent neck before I start. Because I don't use though necks I can get two necks out of a length.

Taff

i'm thinking if using the bunnings oak with a mahogany stain.  tempted to try their merbau and work around or disguise the fingerjoins.

i don't have a router, so i'll be doing something by hand unless i can use a wheel on my amgle grinder

Southpaw, there are lots of scary carving wheel options for angle grinders available with SAE or metric arbors.

google "carving wheels for angle grinder" and watch some of the videos

I have a chainsaw wheel for roughing out dough bowls. If you get a wheel for the grinder my one bit of advice is: Do not slip.

I'll have to look into it, only had a quick look at something basic to see if it could be done.

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