I have often hoped that one of the build challenges would get back to this kind of thing but it hasn't happened. In another thread, the topic came up. I decided I'd give it another try as I have all the hardware here. I have a few necks and fretboards under way, but thought I'd start from scratch on the neck part to try out a different truss rod application. I went to my wood guy to buy some maple. On the top of the pile was an S2S 13/16 x 4x 79" board. I bought it for $12.72 including sales tax. That should yield 3 neck blanks. at $4.24 per unit with about 1/2" to spare on each one...I'll have to be accurate with my cutting. I'll start with the neck and that will determine how much I can spend on the body. I have some maple fretboards that I resawed off of 12/4 maple plank I had here. These were roughly 3/8 x 3x 24" . 12/4 maple sells for $8.20 BF. today. .375 x 3 x 24 = .1875 BF or $1.54 at 2016 pricing. Total Maple cost for neck is then $5.78 On the way down I spied some free pallets on the other side of the road. I drove past without taking one, as I would prefer some other body wood than that. Free wood is out there if you look. A truss rod will probably run me about 4-5 dollars to make. A steel rod is $2.61 at lowes. A truss rod nut could vary. An acorn nut runs about $1.66, an F style is $2.98 at stewmac. A similar nut is $3.05 at LMII. I have some of each. Here are 3 of the 5 fretboards I made a few weeks ago. They are quartersawn and have been jointed on the bottom. I radiused , drilled, and tapered them on my cnc. The machine marks are still there on top, but that'll be taken care of later after they are glued on.