The shims are now glued on the male part of the dovetail. Now we can trim, shimmy, scrape and carve them to fit.
I use some carbon paper in the joint so it will mark up the dovetail - actually the shims.
I can hear Toy Making Dad snickering now. STOP! This is serious stuff!
I still can't find my small rectangular scraper. I remember tossing it in a drawer in the tool chest. But I can't find it. Drat. I need it!
I'll have to get another one. Fortunately this curved one works fine.
So I do a test of the neck set.
Wow. It's pretty much spot-on.
This is exciting.
So all that's left is to install the pickup, scrape and buff out the two finish fixes on the top (you can see one of them near the bridge...), glue on the neck on, glue the fingerboard extension on, put some fingerboard binding back on, tone the binding, level and crown the frets, make a new saddle and nut, and string it up.
Sounds like a lot but it's not too bad. If I didn't have a day job I could be done in a day or two. But I do, so I'll chug along for another week or so.