so... no turning back now: been planning a first build from scratch for a bit now... and just took the plunge on some black walnut 8/4 and some 5/4 for a neck. have some questions: 1) what should I do to preserve this wood? have some work to do to finish my templates and this was cut from a 10' board... so... what should I put on the cut end of it? I have some poly and various other things lying around. I've heard wax? 2) have no band saw and even if I did I'd have to cut off a chunck of this before I could work with it on one. my plan was to drill 1/2 holes and cut in straight lines with my jigsaw... what say you? 3) neck blank is 5/4 - oops, was planning a 2 piece neck but in my excitement at finding a 14" piece of black walnut... well all planning went out the window. So I hate the idea of router sledding off 1/2 inch. bought an allied lutherie truss so unless I want to really change plans I'm going to have to go fwd with it... other ideas? I guess it might be worth it to buy a bandsaw on craigslist and cut 3/8 off? all comments, encouragement, welcome.