Hi everyone, I've been working on a hand tools neck build (my first neck) and thought I'd share it here. I'll bring you up to speed on where I'm at in a few installments. I realize that my woodworking methods aren't the most refined or efficient (lots of 80 grit sandpaper involved here!), but hopefully in time they will improve. In the meantime I'm sure learning a lot about repairing mistakes with wood scraps and CA glue, it's becoming almost second nature Just to set the parameters: 1. The biggest disclaimer is that I picked up a pre-slotted/pre-radiused fretboard. I didn't have a suitable piece of wood. I do have a chunk of maple, but not the skills quite yet to hand plane it into a fretboard, besides I don't have a workbench yet and always have to find creative ways for holding the workpiece, and I think that something as thin as a fretboard would be pushing the limits of my skills and setup. 2. In terms of "hand tools only" the main exceptions are that I used a handheld power drill for bringing the tuner holes up to 9.5mm simply because the bit wouldn't fit in the chuck of my egg beater. Otherwise I wouldn't have used it, if only because it has a bit of a wobble in the bearings Also, I used a handheld spindle sander very minimally, for some shaping of the headstock, and for the very last stage of the headstock to fretboard transition, the bulk of it was done with sandpaper wrapped around a rattle can (I would have used the spindle sander more, I'm not trying to make things deliberately harder, but I don't have a sleeve for it with a diameter as big as a rattle can.) A few words on the sequencing: I know many people would first rough cut the neck on a bandsaw, route it flush to the template, then route the fretboard flush to the neck after gluing it on. But since I don't have a template or router, and my fretboard is already to specs, I printed out a Tele headstock on some thick paper, paired it up with the fretboard, and traced it out onto the neck blank with carbon paper. Then, after rough cutting the neck and gluing on the fretboard, I'm bringing the edge of the neck flush to the fretboard. I got the "headstock plus fretboard" idea from Marty here: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/neck-templates-and-how-to-make-them.712732/#post-7505116 On to some pictures.