Part of this build is resource availability, part of this build is as a first time attempt, and part of this build is because I’m curious and there’d be a lot of learning points. The just of it, I have two 18”x14”x1” oak slabs I’m planning on gluing together to build a cross between a Thinline and a smuggler’s tele. The plan, an American Standard base with a minimally but classy pick guard adjustment, F-Hole & 35mm cavity on the hump side and the smuggler’s weight relief beneath the pickguard. My own theory is what I would like to challenge here before I make any moves. The oak is such a heavy material and would cause a chimey sound. Solution is to get the resonance increase from the f-hole to fill the sound in a little bit more and have the smugglers cutout for added weight relief. Trying to get a bit of body to the sound without compromising thus the smaller smugglers cavity replacing the below-bridge and control cavity cutouts in the Thinline. Now, my other question, in making this...it will already be a 2 slab guitar, so I’m trying to figure out the layering situation. The Thinline has a cap. That would be an extra layer thus extra glue for my two slab body. I’d also have to Locate more wood. My possible solution is to instead either have a lighter cap on the rear and have the F holes thru the front of the body. Similar would be the same but with a metal backplate or something else to cover the cavity thus making it a single two-piece slab with no cap. I’m terrible with explanations and I’ll try to get images up ASAP, but what does everyone think? I’m interested n both learning and making a rather. Desirable tele from oak.