..aaaand I've realized I suck at this. So much that I didn't take pictures of my failure. Sigh. Anyways. It's the first time I've tried to make a neck, and it came out bad. Both of them. Here's my process, any suggestions would be helpful! I started with a piece of maple. 4.5" wide, 1" thick and 6' long. I cut it in half so I could have two tries at this. I used an existing 5-string neck I have for a 'template' and made some drawings on the wood based on it's dimensions. I left plenty of room for the headstock, planning on doing a straight (non-angled) head for my first try. I bandsawed the rough shape of the neck, that went alright. My bandsaw isn't amazing. Benchtop 10" delta, underpowered and old. The blade likes to bend on it no matter the adjustments I make, so it was hard to get a 'straight' line. That was my demise. I can't figure out a good way to make the edges of the neck straight. The tools I have: Bandsaw, Router 1.5 HP (and table), Skill saw, hand drills, random orbital, small hand planer and misc. hand tools (screwdrivers, etc). Not the most amazing 'shop', but it's what I got! Anyways. I tried sanding the edges, however they proved to be waaay too uneven to sand in any sort of timely fashion. I attempted a straight bit with the router, which worked the best, however I find it hard to control and the bit ate into the wood a little too far in places. Using the fence on the router table was disastrous. I didn't think it through very well, and the bit took a sharp turn into the wood and split it down the length. That was the end of that. Would taking the time to create a template and use a bearing-guided router bit work best? What methods do you use? Thanks for dealing with my newbishness!