I haven't had time to work on my project guitar as my 89 year old Mum need my attention just now, and I'm happy and privileged to be able to do so. But tonight I was inspecting the new neck that I will use and I know that I will need to level and crown the frets, among other jobs. I've done only 3 level and crown jobs so far, but they have turned out pretty good. I've been very pleased with the results. But a (probably) silly thought came into my mind tonight......why do we run the leveling beam up and down the neck, and not side to side? I see possible advantages of going side to side rather than up and down like this: 1. I won't accidentally hit the nut with the leveling beam, and/or have to remove the nut. 2. The scratch marks on the frets will be in line with the direction we bend strings, rather than 90 degrees to the bend (I know that the scratches get polished out so maybe it's a moot point, but it makes sense to me). 3. Easy to follow the radius of the neck. Disadvantages?........I don't know.......what are they? There must be a reason why we don't do it this way, but I'm so tempted to try it, unless there really is a good reason not to of course. I haven't been drinking....honest!