It's my first post here after weeks of lurking gathering inspiration and a deeper appreciation of all the things I don't know! After a lot of deliberation I decided on a rough copy of my Danelectro U2 reissue which I love. True to the reissues, I figured a ply framed, chambered, and hardwood capped body. Hopefully ply will be a little more forgiving than hefty hardwood. Stage one was making a table suitable for the task out of 2x4 and 3/4" Ply. And before anyone mentions it my garage does need a serious tidy up one of these days All the hardware arrived last week so I made a start on a first attempt at template and body. I took an outline on paper from my body and copied it onto 1/2" MDF. Quite a while later after some jigsaw work and sanding it came out something like this. 3 sheets of 1/2" far eastern ply were laminated with innumerable clamps to make a blank for the body. Which with a template outline and some rough plans for the chambers looks like this. A rough cut with the jigsaw today is likely to be the last thing for a few days while I wait for a router table to cut it exactly to the template. Hopefully no disasters so far, but lots of questions running through my head that I hope the TDPRI experts can help me with! Without this forum, it would definitely have been a day dream, not a real hunk of wood. There's so much great free information on here for me to fall back on.