Greetings LC, I have hit a road block on my current project and I come to the masters and inspirators at the Luthiers Corner for assistance. This is my first attempt at making my own neck, as opposed to buying a pre-made neck from allparts/warmoth/mightymite. I spent a few days reading through the full build tutorials in the LC, but no one mentions how they built their neck, it just magically appears from one post to the next. So I have a few questions regarding the process. Does the maple board need to be perfectly flat and straight? I bought three separate 3.5' lengths of hard maple 1x4's from the local lumber yard, and although they seem flat when held in my hands, laying them on the floor reveals a bow in the wood. It wont lay flat on the floor. In order to fix this, I soaked one of the boards in water, then placed it on a flat surface with a few heavy objects on top, hoping that after a few days it will be relatively flat. Is this an issue all builders deal with, or do I have to go further out of my way to purchase perfectly flat boards from the start? How do you guys get the long sides of the neck perfectly straight? My design is simple enough, no scarf joint, jazz neck profile; but the 25.5" straight cut sides from heel to headstock is difficult to achieve. I made an MDF template of my neck using a router and straight-edge, but even then the final product cut into the maple had little "dips" and "hills" on the long sides that could be felt and seen. The long-and-thin shape of the neck doesn't provide a very stable platform for my router, and my belt sander is nowhere near long enough to sand the entire length at once. What is the best way to route a truss rod channel? I jumped ahead of myself and cut my first neck blank before routing the truss rod channel. I had a very hard time trying to line up a make-shift jig and heavy router over the neck to cut the channel right down the center line. In the end, the cut went off center, one side was wider than the other, it was a failure. Is it better to cut the channel into the board, then cut the neck design around the truss channel? I'm sure I will have more questions, but for now I'd appreciate any help you can provide.