A friend texted me recently asking if I would help him build a bass guitar, I've got a few tools and have built one guitar but never a neck from scratch so it's going to be ambitious for me. I did buy a 22" aluminum radius beam but the rest of my tools are pretty low budget. To start, I bought some 8/4 poplar lumber from a local hardwood dealer as well as a jazz bass template from ebay. The board was almost wide enough for a two part body, I'm just going to have to glue small blocks in the back. Since I don't have a jointer I chose the edges closest to square and did my best to true them up with a flat beam and 80 gritsandpaper. I think it came out well enough but took a loooong time. Below is the fit just before sanding. Next is a quick homemade router sled, you can probably see how it works from the pictures. It worked pretty well, the top is dead flat. Here you can see the blocks I needed to get the correct width. The body is going to be painted so it shouldn't stand out. Getting ready to rough out the shape with a jigsaw... A bandsaw is definitely next on my list of tools to buy, but that won't be until Grizzly's next tent sale.