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At this point you can see why I had to design the tooling with the wing nut extensions on the front edge. The body had to stay in position with the top facing down on the tooling. The centerlines from the body through the end of the neck had to align perfectly … and I needed to get the front edge of the tooling out of the way!

And, yes, I made sure that the plywood was nice and flat before I began!!!

In terms of the neck’s centerline, I drew in the outside edges of the fret board down the tooling’s surface (checking the distance from the true centerline in the process). That way I could align the neck to the body and not have to find a centerline “mark” on the underside of the headstock overlay. That would have been tough to locate as the headstock was facing down!

(Neck: Neck Heel Height)