Just joined TDPRI after lurking for a number of months. First and second posts are in the Welcome Wagon forum at this link. http://www.tdpri.com/threads/father-son-journey.953936/ At the risk of repeating what is in that thread, here is the background: My middle son (a guitar player) and I (a guy who likes to build stuff) have decided to build a Tele together. For him, it will be a chance to learn more about his instrument, how to make stuff & a little bit of engineering/physics, which is what he thinks he wants to take in university in the fall of 2020. Our youngest is a drummer. The family room 'studio' looks like this: A better shot of J's guitar collection (the bass is actually mine, though I haven't played for 20+ years). The Seagull S6 was his first guitar and a Christmas gift. He worked and saved for The Strat & LP - 100% his money. What have we built together that qualifies us to take on a guitar build ? A few years ago, we built a plywood pedal board. We then stepped up to a 2x12 cab to go with the Marshall DSL20 head he was jonesing for. This past year, he (and others) helped me build a mancave/workshop/storage shed (12'x16'), which is just missing electrical at this point. Almost forgot ! This past winter's HS physics project - a ping-pong ball catapult (hmmm - will have to find a photo). Not sure how any of this qualifies us to do the fine carpentry work needed for a guitar, but there you are. He decided he wants a pretty straight ahead Tele & is sorting out the details on hardware, etc. A few weeks ago, we took a trip to the specialty lumber yard & now have two body blanks (one alder, one ash), some neck (maple) blanks and fingerboard (maple, ebony) blanks. The body blanks are 1.75" thick & pretty square/flat, though have a small amount of cup/bow, so will need to plane flat. Still trying to decide how to do that. Invest in a long hand plane (15"+) ? Maybe a planer bit for a drill press or a router jig ? Find someone with a big jointer and planer to just run them through ? Dunno yet - thinking on it. Most of the neck/fingerboard blanks are materially thicker than what we need. so will sort that using the same process/tools. Last week, we printed out (full size) the Tele body and neck plans posted/linked to by this site. Yesterday, we went to the local guitar store (Long & McQuade on Bloor) and measured the profile of the neck he liked best (see avatar photo) - a Modern 'C'. Web sources we checked say it is 0.82" deep at the 1st fret, 0.87" at the 12th fret, 1.6875" wide at the nut, with a 9.5" radius fingerboard and jumbo frets. Our measurements with calipers were pretty close to those numbers. We also took profiles of the shape at the 1st and 12th frets. If anyone has any better or additional measurements we need for making/shaping a neck, would appreciate the pointers. We do have a few full-size 2-piece Tele neck drawings (using a Hot Rod dual spoke-wheel truss rod). First actual build job is going to be making MDF or hardboard router templates from the paper drawings. Cheers. Patrick.