The PROPER way to cut a body from a block of wood is to use a band-saw. I don’t have one of those, so Plan A was, “Use a coping saw to cut the perimeter of the Telecaster.” Plan A was stupid and lasted about 2” into the process.
|Starting to cut the perimeter.|
|Most of the way cut out!|
|One of the first cast-off pieces.|
|Coping saw work complete.|
|Very rough edge to start with.|
From the VERY rough outline, I used a rough wood rasp to get down close to the final dimension and then used a home-made drum sander in the drill press to give most the guitar its final smoothed shape. A little bit of work remains in the tighter spaces that I couldn't reach with the larger-radius drum sander, but those can be hit either with a dremel, hand-sanded, or sanded with a smaller drum.
|Glue & clamp some 60-grit on and VOILA! A sanding drum!|
|Homemade sanding drum using disks cut with a hole saw, a length of threaded rod, and a few washers & bolts (all things just lying around in the workshop).|