Thanks to everyone who offered so much advice during the 'thinking' stage of this. It took me a while to get my head around how to build a neck but I think I'm getting there. This thread is for my first neck, and it may end up going on a quilted maple thinline that I'm thinking of building to sell on my website, if I ever getting it up and running that is. If anyone can suggest better methods please feel free to say, i would welcome any input. Here's the timber for the body; a nice piece of Swamp Ash from David Dyke and a quilted maple bookmatched set from a lovely chap on ebay. I also bought a AA grade maple neck blank from David Dyke. Here it is roughly cut out along with my template. This is the headstock design that I'll be using from now on. Unfortunately i didn't get any photos of cutting the truss rod channel, but here's what i did. I traced the template outline and marked the centreline. Then i positioned the rod on the neck with the adjusting nut just shy of the end of the neck and marked where the rod ended up near the 2nd fret, allowing for the radius of the bit. Then i got one of these, a 1/4" bit, and popped it in the router. I clamped and screwed the blank to the bench and also clamped a piece of straight timber to act as a guide. With the bit raised just above the surface I ran the router along the guide to make sure that it stayed straight on the line. I also placed a stop block stuck down with double-sided tape at the headstock end to make sure i didn't go too far. Then it was time to cut my frst truss rod channel.