Hello all good people, I've been reading this forum since last summer and been really impressed by the incredible skills and good spirit people show here. I wanted to build myself a tele. My grandfather passed away last summer and left a woodworking shop, where he spent most of his time while retired doing all kinds of things, mostly furniture and other useful stuff. I started learning to build a guitar, and it was also a nice reason to visit my grandmother, who is 85 and lives alone. Some good tools in grandad's shop include an excellent handheld Festo router, a Scheppach jointer/planer (not wide enough for one-piece bodies though). There's also a small table saw, a bandsaw and a drill press, they're not in so good condition though. But more than enough to get started. And a ton of hand tools as well. I read a couple of books and a hundred build threads here, then started to build templates and jigs and gather special tools and parts. My dad had some old pine and I got it for free, so a pinecaster was my first goal. It took three attempts to get a body that was good enough. I got a cheap neck from eBay, and had good luck - it was nice and fat just the way I like. Other parts I got from here and there. The two bodies that didn't quite make it, are probably going to be transformed to some other shaped guitars sometime. I only learn by making mistakes… But now I have this: This iPhone photo is bad, but the guitar isn't really good for close ups.. It has dozens of cosmetic faults, but plays perfectly. For the first time I have a guitar I really want to play. And I love the colour. The finish is uneven, the pickguard does not fit too well, the jack plate is really not tele-style.. I don't mind. So far I have learned how to put a guitar together, dress frets, make a bone nut with individual string compensation, do the wiring etc. As you can guess, I have other builds going on, and will post them when I know they will turn out as useful guitars. I'm also planning to join the 2012 challenge, if I have the time. Already have an idea. I really want to learn this, and this forum is the best resource I've found. Big thanks to everyone who have shared their builds!