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There is the first one, cut but not yet sanded.
The reason the base is so big is that I tried one with just a block like the one in the middle, but because of its small size there was a tendency for it to wobble and give an inaccurate cut.
The large base keeps it rock-steady as I move it around the bed of the router.

And here it is, sitting with its metal friend.

This is what a pickup looks like in it.
Did I hear someone ask why I went to so much trouble just for a pair of bezels? Well, I did think about the possibility of selling them on eBay. I can pop them out like shelling peas, but I think I'd have to make several different shapes to cover all the Gretsch/TV Jones/Retrotron bases.
They won't stay orange for long; they only keep their Tangoed appearance for a few weeks, and they'll end up a rich, dark, purplish brown.

I made the decision to use animal glue for this project and I'm sticking with it.
Boom boom.

Here's the top piece (bottom piece in the previous picture) unscrewed and with the neck sitting in the hole.
It's a nice tight fit, which is good for stability and maybe even resonance. The next step will be to draw a centre-line projected down to where the end of the body will be, and to drill a small hole in the centre-line to mark where the bridge will be. That, of course, will be 25½ inches from the nut or 12¾ inches from the crown of the twelfth fret.
There is a pencil line, which you might need glasses to see, at the 16th fret to mark where the top-end of the body will come.

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