I had one last job to do last night before fitting it all back together...
Raise your glasses to the Highwayman Banjo!
I don't have any shaping pictures for you. Here's me having cleaned the neck down with white spirit. The wood looks quite dark due to it still being a little damp. This was the first hint of how the wood was going to turn out with varnish on. Looking good! I had high hopes.
I didn't plan to do any banjo building today, but was forced into it when I realised that I was starting to mark the wood by playing it unfinished.
The mahogany sanded down a treat. It really does make a difference to the feel of the banjo knowing that I'm not going to spike myself with a splinter