In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of making wood chips. It's the time of year when we usually have a build challenge. It's a good time for me, because I have the second half of March off from work every year. I have the stock and parts and some templates for a lap steel project, and was thinking I'd start cutting wood this week. Then, quite by chance, I found these at a website that I've used in the past for neck blanks, fretboards, etc.: The prices were shocking: top, back sides and neck, all for about $100US. I posted in another thread about this stuff, just to sort of brag about having such a cool resource in Japan. I shoulda known what the reaction would be. Thing is, I have never seriously considered building a hollow body. There's no way I could ever produce the plates, and just couldn't imagine trying to bend those sides. Yikes. But here it is, practically all the hard work already done, right? Right?? And then I got dared, and double dog dared, and I started thinking... I have a Gibby-scale, already-slotted fretboard blank. I have a bone nut blank. I've got some funky mahogany lying around that could be the center block and the kerfing. I have the fretwire... And I have this: It's been sitting around my house for about 2 years, just waiting for a project epic enough to deserve it. This project would certainly be epic enough. And so, we are at the beginning of an epic journey. Guaranteed to be epic, not only because it's gonna be a frickin' DPP ES-335, but because there is so much STUFF that has to be done--tools to buy, jigs to build, parts to source, whole new skill sets to acquire, stupid questions to ask--that by the time it's done, you're gonna feel like you've trudged past the gates of Mordor to Mount Doom with the One Ring around your neck. But first, a disclaimer: this thread is for entertainment purposes only. Management bears no responsibility for damage, injury or other mayhem which might result from following this thread, or from attempting any of the procedures depicted herein. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING. Anyway, the plates, sides and neck blank are ordered; standing by for a shipping notice. Could be a week or two, which is fine, because I gotta a ton of work to do before I need to touch that stuff. 1. Buy band saw. 2. Find place to put band saw. 3. Paste together the plans that I've printed out on multiple sheets of A3 4. Make templates for top and back. 5. Build outer form. 6. Rebuild my router sled. Heck, if I get that much done before the stuff gets here, it'll be a miracle... I also have a ton of studying to do. I've been googling websites, poring over pdfs, and I'm hip deep in this video series that Cat hipped me to: I'm binge-watching it while I ride my stationary bike, and I've just gotten to the point where he gets the box closed up. It was like 8 episodes before he even got up to what I'll have when my delivery arrives , but his experiments and skillz are interesting to watch. Turns out there's a fair bit more to it than just gluing the top and back and sides together... Stay Tuned!