So I dived into guitar building recently, after dreaming of building for years. I've never been great at woodworking, but always chalked it up to not being a big furniture lover. I always lose interest when the sanding and such starts. Anywho, quick backstory on this guitar: about 2 years ago, my wife's great uncle (Lane) gave me a bunch of walnut to build a bathroom vanity for the home addition I did around that time. Well...the vanity had yet to happen and Lane was in declining health, so I wanted to do something with the walnut to show him before he passed. Unfortunately, I'm about a month late on finishing this, but am looking forward to showing the results to his wife. Lane was always good with his hands and built some beautiful furniture and houses, so I feel he would've loved this. So here we go...I only had one board thick enough to really work with. Luckily, it was a particularly straight board with beautiful grain and few knots. 1.5x7.5" so I glued up the blank. I was going to cut it out on my father-in-law's bandsaw, but it wouldn't even scratch it. Rather than buy a new blade, I made a ton of shallow passes with the router to cut it out. The only thing that didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped was that I narrowed the blank to fit in my 13" planer, and narrowed a hair too much, so there was slight flat spots on the hips of the body. I pressed on though, as nobody noticed but me until I pointed it out. I used a body template set bought off Amazon to do the build. I have to say, don't purchase any templates from Amazon, please. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more for a good set. It looked great, but nothing fit quite right as it was, so I had to shuffle the template around and route further in a bunch of spots, mostly for the tremolo, jack plate, bridge pickup, and neck pocket...so yea, just about everything. Luckily, after doing the round over and sanding, the flat hips all but disappeared. Although, I forgot to take the round over I. Account when lining up to avoid a knot on the edge (of the back) and naturally, the knot ended up on the edge exactly where I wanted to avoid it. Ugh. Character, it adds character. Apparently I can only attach a few pictures and I don't want to start this typing thing over, so this will be on hold until I upload pics somewhere else, unless the next post starts the count over...hah!