HERE I AM preparing to epoxy in the thin strip of carbon fiber that will strengthen the neck and hopefully prevent distortion. I have simply cut a groove with the router to accept the Carbon fiber.
Here you see the carbon fiber installed with epoxy. I simply filled the groove with epoxy, pressed the carbon fiber rod into it and put a little more epoxy over the top. This ought to make a rock solid vertebrae for the neck
While the epoxy sets up in the neck I took the time to begin the top for joining. First I sanded down this lovely Sitka Spruce. I trimmed it down to two ten inch pieces, ran them thru the thickness sander until they were the proper thickness, and now I will edge join them. To get the edges perfectly straight and ready to glue I run them over the long strip of sand paper tucked under the rip fence seen in the picture. This piece is so large I will arrange to glue it together on the perfectly flat table saw surface. Really pleased with how this spruce sanded up. It is very tight grained and perfectly quarter-sawn as I have come to expect from Pacific Rim Tonewoods.