I'm green with envy about that birds eye maple. I checked, we can get it here in Australia, but its soooooo expensive.As a side note, that birds eye maple would look awesome on the body of a guitar. I don't know if I've ever seen that much figure in such a small piece.
It really has been a joy to build so far!!! You are doing great, keep going!!!! I like how you used an outboard planking strake for alignment testing.The precision of this kit is amazing! Mike said that if something doesn't fit, it's because something is out of square. He is absolutely right!