I've started in on a Tele build, so I thought I'd begin a thread to document some of it. A lot of this is notes to self about process and the like, so that I can remember what I did, but I hope it will be useful to others, too. I got a slab of walnut for Christmas. It was from a family member's back yard in Neosho, Missouri. After the death of a great grandparent, the children gave permission to some of the grandchildren to mill the huge black walnut tree, with the intent of making furniture and the like from it for the whole family. That was done about five years ago or so. The tree was quite large, with the first branches about 22 feet high. It dried on stickers for about 3-4 years before being moved to a storage unit in Little Rock, AR. And that's where I got it. In total there was about 7,000-8,000 lbs of black walnut that was milled at ca. 2-1/2" thick. I just got a small piece -- ca. 34" tall, 14" wide, and 2" thick. That piece weighed about 22 lbs. Here it is sometime around Christmas Day. I'd say it looks like a part of a rather large branch. One family member told me I needed to get a piece to make a guitar out of, so I HAD to do it, right?