I recently noticed a question about the tapered neck pocket so I thought I'd revive and revise my neck pocket template making tutorial. This has been in my TDPRI photo gallery but that required the viewer to click back and forth between the thumbnails and the photos were a little washed out. Here I'll put it all down in one concise post. This same procedure can also be used to rout the neck pocket on a body without making a template. I start by making a partial duplicate of my body shape template leaving the neck end square. I've traced the outline of the neck end of the guitar onto the new template. When the plastic template is removed, I draw a line 3 inches from the end of the neck pocket. ...... I transfer the centerline of my body template to the neck pocket template. I then take a couple of straight boards (1x3s) shown here and clamp them to the sides of the neck using the orange clamp. The green clamps are clamped loosely at this point. I set the end of the neck on the 3 in. line drawn in step one above. ...... I had previously drawn a centerline on the butt of the neck. I line up that centerline with the centerline drawn on the neck template. ...... At the butt end of the template, I stick a steel rule down with double stick tape setting the "3" on the centerline. I then move the neck/boards assembly for equal spacing about the centerline while keeping the neck centerline on the template centerline. ...... With everything lined up, the green clamps are tightened snug. The orange clamp is removed along with the neck. A wooden block is placed on the 3 in. line and attached with double stick tape. A hole is cut for the router bit. I stuck the small block down outside of the neck pocket area but this isn't necessary. ...... Using a pattern bit I rout the pocket on the template. ...... Here's the completed template. ...... I used the template to rout a pocket on a piece of scrape. ...... The result is a nice snug fit. ...... These days I attach my templates to the body blank with two screws ..... one in the bridge area and one between the neck pocket and the neck pickup cavity. All templates, body shape, neck pocket and Thinline chamber, have the screw holes in the same place which makes attaching and indexing the templates easy. You only have to have a tape-held template slip once to realize the benefit of using screws.