This is going to be build number 3 for me. I had enough poplar left over from my jazz bass that I could just barely make a telecaster sized blank as well as some extra hardware and a neck. The only stipulation my 12 year old sister gave me was that she wanted it olive green, so I ordered some Bristol Green milk paint that hopefully matches. After roughing out the body on a bandsaw and gluing the two halves together I planed it on my slightly janky router sled. It works... but I need a more stable and level bench for it if I use it again. The toggle clamp is useful for locking it in place though. The thickness after getting the whole surface level is 1 11/16", so it is a little thin for a traditional telecaster body. Back to the bandsaw to cut closer to the lines, it has a 3/4" blade on it right now so I can't get TOO close to those inside curves, just enough that the first pass on my router doesn't bog down too much. Now I'm screwing the MDF routing template down. Just one under the bridge and one in the neck pocket has worked so far. The clamps do most of the job holding the template tight to the body.