On Daniel's last visit, some comment was made about how he could come down again and we could build a guitar. He called my bluff, and last weekend came to visit to build a guitar. Here's where we're at:
The first template attempt was a lesson in using the jig saw. We found a PDF of a 1950s Les Paul, which was the basic shape Daniel was interested in. There were a few modifications to that body shape, and after much laying wood around and seeing what things looked like, we decided on a full-through neck made of laminated Maple and Walnut, with Maple and Mahogany laminated body ends, and some Purpleheart trim.
The second template came out better, though we had a lesson in router bit management that meant that as we were testing that template we dinged the crap out of it. Fixed it with putty. Daniel started to see possibilities.
Daniel had lunch and did other things, and I snuck out and ran the fret board through the planer, re-grooved the notches, and then brought it in. I think this is when the project really started to go from "we're building a guitar" to "we're building an awesome guitar". The expression on his face says it all.
Drilling the switch cavity on the upper part. We'd lost energy after routing the lower cavities, so it was good to get back on track. And Daniel cut the rest of the slots in the center lamination to for all the wiring.