Fretted the neck then a little polishing and then a coat of linseed oil cause I couldn't help myself.
Fretting went ten times better on my second neck. Used the drill press as a press to drive them in uniformly by first tapping the ends in place deep enough to prevent tipping. Took a fine flat file to the top of them afterwords, then I worked them on my granit serface table, really just a piece of scrap with a couple sheets of 6" round sticky paper, anterwords I used a 90 deg die grinder with a 2" sanding disk to tru up the sides flush and then bevel the ends accordingly. Final was a well worn sheet of 220 paper followed by 0000 steel wool for a nice satin polish.
Now I can add the block works for the neck joint, tip it upside down in a good clamp, and get busy with the sure form files sandpaper, and a good helping of elbow grease.
I'm guessing this whole neck weighs almost double my Mk-I neck :/... I really like the simplicity of the friction pegs, just not the tuneing fun, you know, when you bump one and it unwinds instantly and then the shock causes them all to unwind. Thought I was going to need a bag of ice when it happened to knock three of my knuckles hard enough to bruise. Fun times in the quest for our art
Though I should add that the many examples I've seen here had inspired my to get a little fancy, almost too fancy for my tastes
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I hate sanding wood or anything else for that matter I just happen to be good at it...