Started with a parts build last year and haven't been able to shake the need to do a scratch build. So down the rabbit hole we go! I'm starting with a scrap 2x4 body build first to get some some of the first-timer flubs out of the way before I move on to "real" wood. (I know, I know, pine needs love too ). Who knows... this build might actually turn out pretty cool in the end. Used my DIY router table as a jointer. Worked ok, but i think i should have taken off just a tad more on a couple boards. The glue joints still show some of the original bevel from the lumber. Before glue up Some fine redneckery to clamp and glue up the body Meh, not terrible, not great Ended up with a slight cup in the blank and sent it through the planing jig After a pass (there's one of the bad glue joints up close and personal) Those ridges sanded down nice and easy. Forgot to take pics along the way, but marked and roughed out the body with a drill and jigsaw. Was scared to get too close to the line here since my jig saw blade tends to wander and bend some. Then free-handed some of the excess with the router to smooth it out some Should have paid more attention to the knot placement before i committed to cutting. I think those near the strap button and on the tip of the lower horn are going to haunt me. Already starting to chip away unevenly there. Oh well! I'm sure I've jumped the gun somewhere already, and maybe there's a better order to do the body cutting and cavity routing??? Anyone care to share what i could have done differently/better?