I would like to strip the veneer off of the back side of a strat's neck - I'm guessing that, like furniture, I would need to lock in/out the moisture so that the neck won't warp. Any oils work better than others?
Music Man is petty well known for their raw necks. Almost all of their standard guitars and basses have unfinished necks and this has been the case since their EVH model was introduced.
They used to recommend Birchwood Casey gunstock oil & wax and for years this is what their instruments left the factory with.
The procedure is pretty simple and I went thru it many, many times w/ my Music Man instruments:
Your neck should be buttery smooth after that.
I've since abandoned that process b/c it takes a while and buying the gunstock oil and wax was usually a minor affair and i'm lazy. I've since simplified the process and have a similar, if not identical, outcome.