Chapter 4: Templates
For this post and the following, I want to keep the text short. Much of the previous blogging was all about my thought process.
Now that we have plans we need to build templates. I build master templates from 1/4 MDF board. I use this because it is a stable material that is super cheap. I spent less than $20 to build my master templates and the MDF is readily available at home depot. Let’s get building, and start with the body.
The neck follows a similar process with one exception: For straight edges, I attach a flat, straight reference face and use a flush trim router bit to ensure I get a perfect straight edge along my reference lines that I traced. The full process is laid out in the gallery below:
There are a few more minor templates that need to be constructed, but the process is the same. In the next installment, we will talk about wood selection and my thoughts on my finish. This will dictate a lot of the decisions I make coming up.