(5th October 2013)
Test fit of the tuners. You can still see the orange peel effect of only having got part of the way through the grain fill stage. Also, a quick shot of the unfinished body with chrome hardware and a couple of the knobs laid on, just to see how it looks.
Tuners off again, and I have started the laborious process of flatting back to get a totally flat finish. Basically, this is using successively finer grades of wet and dry paper, moistened with Tru-Oil to get a totally flat surface.
If you want to use Tru Oil as a finish, and want to follow on with the same guidance I am using, visit this forum thread for a full description.
Also today, the wonderful Paul Hudson helped me out by drilling the output jack hole – not a job I felt brave enough to tackle because of the ridiculously high chances if it going wildly wrong.