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Here is the finished outline on my piece of wood.
 
Next stage—cutting it out. I don't have a bandsaw or any kind of fancy sanding equipment.

Measure twice, cut once
Hell, I don't think I even measured once. But I did use a try square to draw the veritcal centre line. I did that before laying down the paper and carbon so that at least the shape would be aligned on the wood. Not that it needed to be.
 
Time to get out the Black and Decker jigsaw. Do you know, this thing can't be much more than about forty years old and I think it's beginning to wear out already. The blade seemed much sharper when I cut through the copper pipes leading to the kitchen sink.
 
My intention is to cut about a sixteenth from the line all the way round.

The aim was a sixteenth of an inch all round. This is the result and I'm pretty pleased with it.
 
That jigsaw has a mind of its own and has been known to veer off like a supermarket trolley.

Diversion
I hooked out the piece of timber I had in mind for this body. It's a very, very old plank of Honduras mahogany that I found at a timber suppliers in Tonbridge close on twenty years ago. They had bought it as part of a job lot from a bankrupt wood yard in Liverpool and assured me that it had been imported before World War One, long before any import restrictions existed.
 
It's not quite long enough for this body to be cut all in one piece, so if I use it it will have to be joined. I think I could just about get a one-piece Telecaster body out of it, but I already have too many unused Tele bodies kicking around.

Spruce
While on the subject of timber, here are the pieces of spruce that I found in the garage.
 
The two panels standing up seem to be the most likely candidates for use.

Here is a detail of the fourth and fifth frets.
 
Notice that the more important positions tend to be more colourful than the others.
 
It's wonderful what a skilled artisan can do with insects and weeds.

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