Well, it was my birthday on Thursday so i thought I'd start a new build whilst my first is curing in the conservatory. I had an ash body blank that I'd glued up at the same time as the first build and i'd just bought some lovely flame maple from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Prime-Timbers Lovely wood and a really nice guy. He has some great maple burrs at the moment. Now the ash had a real nice grain on the one side but not so lovely on the other so i thought a thinline would be perfect. I've always like the look of them but never played one so it's bit of a leap of faith. I guess I was inspired by Jack's build thread http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaster-discussion-forum/97436-**hmmm-think-ill-build-thinline-**.html First things first it was time for a hearty birthday breakfast. The body blank i had was 1 3/4" thick and the maple cap was 1/4" so i needed to plane the ash down to 1 1/2". I wasn't sure if i would be able to do it with the tools i had available; no planer/thicknesser, but I borrowed this from a neighbour I was worried that i wouldn't be able to get it flat enough for the cap but BAW4742 suggested that I sand to 1 5/8", route the body and then make up a sanding stick to sand across the edges and the centre block. That was a great idea.