Fitting the Neck to the Body
I made a template out of fiberboard to rout the neck channel in the guitar body. First I routed a test piece of pine. I adjusted the template pieces several times, routing the pine deeper with each adjustment:
I glued the template pieces together when I got the neck to fit snuggly into place, like this :-D
Then I transferred the template to the guitar body:
To assure correct alignment, I inscribed pencil lines on the guitar body using the squared neck as a guide, just as I had done on the test piece of pine. I extended those same lines on the template so I would be able to line it up on the guitar body. It's ready to rout.
The routed channel below. The router bit leaves curved corners, like on the right. I squared them with a wood chisel, as I have started to do on the left corner here.
The neck fits like a glove into its channel. The channel is 15/16ths" deep, which will make the fingerboard sit 3/8" above the body.
The neck is clamped while I drill four 1/2" holes for birch dowel pins. This is no bolt-on neck. Glue and dowel pins will make this perform like a neck-through guitar, sez me. That's a Forstner bit in the drill press, drills clean holes.
This guitar is smokin'! Mahogany tends to burn when cut too fast.
Dowel pins in place, not glued yet:
Dowel pins glued into the neck. Now I can glue on the fingerboard and finish shaping the neck.