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The spoke shave is handy for taking off relatively large amounts pretty quicky (be careful not to set it to take off TOO much in one pass), but you will probably have to work into the tighter corners at the heel and back of the headstock with something else, like a half-round coarse file or rasp. I use my trusty bench belt sander to do these radii and to even-out along the length of the neck. You can do all the work by hand, you don't need power tools, it just takes longer and more elbow-grease. I use power tools like my bench sander because sometimes I'm shaping 5 necks in a day, and it helps me work quicker, easier and more consistently, but I managed to build loads of guitars without one.
I have tried all sorts of ways to do this - couldn't handle a spokeshave and not for me, so this is how i do 'em;
Measure out and mark off the beginning and end of "rounding" area or zone, making two double marks at each end, then mark each corner all along the neck within the "rounding zone", then gently gouge out the four corners within the marks.
Using a block plane take off the corners along the length of the neck being careful not to go outside the zone, then finish off the ends with a flat chisel...very tricky at first but works well.
Having got the right shape sand the whole neck until nice and smooth!
It is not really necessary to round the back of the neck in a half moon shape, i just like the corners rounded off to keep the strength along the neck...may not suit everyone but it works for me (-;
Thanks for all the input. I've gone to Lowe's, Home Depot, Tractor Supply and three hardware stores in town and can't find a spokeshave. I guess I will order one on Ebay. As a follow up question about the shaver, I see them listed as flat, convex and concave. I guess the convex or concave is what I need, or is it? And convex or concave in relation to the shaver or the wood? Which one will round off like I need.
I'm excited about finishing my first build. I DEFINITELY have some room for improvement in the wood-working department...but that's part of the challenge I enjoy. Thanks again for all the friendly and helpful advice.