I am planning to build a T-style. this would mainly be an assembly rather than a true DIY job. I would like to do a little more than just buy and screw bits together, so have been doing a little thinking about making a body. For differences it makes in terms of suppliers, I am in the UK. With the current exchange rate, the comparison I am using is dollar price will be roughtly pounds price once shipped and taxed. Looking at prices of stuff bought from guitar places, there does not seem to be any noticeable saving money wise in making my own body - I can buy a set of router templates for £32 posted (revintage). I know I could talk to the likes of Ron for templates from across the pond, but they are likely to be costly once posted. From there the next thing I would need is obviously a chunk of wood. If I compare swamp ash, I can get a complete body from Kavanagh Customs finished for £150. No finish from guitar parts worldwide for £138. The latter looks like it is from allparts. If I look at body blanks, a swamp ash blank from allparts is the best part of £100. I have just found a straight ash blank at £58 from applestones, but I can't help but think that I should be able to do better. With those prices I can't see it worth the risk of cutting my own. If I had plans to make a few, I could spread the template cost across a few, or I could look at selling the templates on, but at the mo it is a single build I am looking at. I already have a router, so don't need to factor that in. I would probably get a nice new bit for a ob like this though! So to the crux of my question is where else could I look for suitable wood to make a body? and how would I select a suitable piece? If I am looking outside guitar suplliers, what would I need to ask suppliers for? and short of buying and putting aside for a couple of years how would I ensure it is suitably dried? Many thanks for any suggestions, Paul.