Step 3. Attaching the Neck Once the fretboard is glued into place, the neck can be glued to the body. Bring the body and the neck together so that their centres align and the fretboard is sitting flat on the top of the body. If the neck heel protrudes beyond the body a little way then this will need to be sanded so that it is flush (see below. Once the neck heel is flush with the back of the body, sand it with 180, 240 and 360 grit paper to bring the finish up to match the rest of the neck. Using an appropriate wood glue (we recommend Titebond), the neck and body can now be glued. Place glue on the neck end (see below. Make sure there is glue on the entire surface, but do not use so much as to cause excessive squeeze out.
Press the neck and body together. Squeeze out (hopefully there will belittle) can be cleaned up at this stage with a damp rag. Do it now so that the glue won’t hamper your attempts to finish later on. Clamp the pieces together using binding tape, a ratchet strap or another appropriate clamping scheme. We recommend binding tape for this job as it makes the process effortless. Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to dry completely.