I plan on starting a new build soon. I recently finished my templates and a test pickguard. I have built a handfull of guitars but have always used body blanks. This time I plan to buy poplar at my local Woodcraft store at 3.50 a board foot. From what I can tell by eyeballing it without taking measurements I will need to make a 2 or 3 piece body. This will be a first for me. I plan to build a router sled to thickness plane the body. What I'm not sure about is joining the 2 or 3 pieces. I dont have a wood jointer so I'm looking for a low cost alternative. A hand plane, a handheld jointer? What have you guys come up with to accomplish this?