I have always wanted to build a 335. But I don't really like the size of a 335, it's too big and well... too 335ey. I toyed with making a smaller 335 but it just wasn't right. So that left me with an idea. A hollow LP. And since I sorta need to make a solid LP body in order to make a jig for bending hollow body sides, might as well make both right? It just occurred to me that means double hardware, double sanding, double amount of mistakes, twice as much lacquer and waiting for lacquer to cure time. Crikey!!! Ok, depression setting in fast lets move on... To the left is a pile of African Mahogany, it's pretty rough sawn. I have no idea how nice it looks under the roughness, I bought it for a screaming deal many years ago. I chopped it up into body blank sizes and it's been sitting for two+ years now. Next to that is a long board of Black Walnut with some really nice grain in it. This is the board I will resaw into sides and hopefully bend them. I suspect black walnut may not bend well but it's really good looking wood so I'll try. Then an old African Maogany LP body that I fished out of the burn pile. I can use that for my side bender jig thing. Then two pieces of Black Walnut, one of them I will resaw and make a beautiful book matched back out of. It's good looking wood and will compliment the board I'm using for the sides. Plane down some of the African Mahogany. After two+ years of wondering if I have something nice or not it's time for the reveal. Clean up/square up the edges Yes those will do nicely. These are just slightly on the heavy side, I'm guessing about a 9lb LP these will make. I was hoping for no more than 8lb so maybe some chambers are in order here. Not sure yet. Only gluing up one of them right now. The other two boards go back in the lumber rack for another day. Back to the burn pile body and a template. The outside edge of this body needs to be perfect. You will see why shortly. Getting closer Yes good, just needs some sanding. Doesn't everything though. I know you are thinking, why is he using a carve template right there, and why right now? To make this cool line. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the holes I made on the cool line. Piece of scrap to test my hole size Wow that's good. Yep, glue... on one lil part of it. Lovely, actually that's really ugly but now I have rubber band holders. I'm assuming that using really nice tone woods for the bender will result in great tone for the sides. We all know great tone comes from sides that were made on a bender which has great tone... we do all know that right? Back to the body blank. The end grain came out nice at the glue line. That's a really pretty piece of wood. The reveal was a good one. Odd place for holes I know but you will see why in a minute. Talk about stressful. Both these pieces need to be as perfect as possible. Normally I just wander around not worrying too much as long as I don't cross the line. Since I need both pieces to be good this was twice as stressful. After much sanding and much fitting I have one half of my side bender completed. The idea is the gap is just big enough for the side to fit in there. I'm sorta going down two roads with this bender. I've seen people bend sides with the rubber band method and I've also seen people do it by clamping two matching pieces together to bend the side. I don't know which way I prefer so at this point I'm trying both. :neutral: Started cutting the other side and got this far. Are band saw blades supposed to have ends? Google tells me "NO". Aaarrrgghhhh!!!!. A trip to woodcraft and we are back in business. Now I have both sides of my side bender complete. Looking forward to bending some sides soon. You can see I had to cut the horn area into a separate bender. No way to make that all 1 piece. And my LP body is coming along nicely. Attach the template again Wiring channel good. Switch and wiring cavities good. Next we resaw the walnut and attempt to bend sides. I'm guessing the LP horn will be impossible, or it will take 4.2 months to bend it slowly enough that it doesn't crack/break/shatter/splinter or spontaneously combust. Should be fun right?