With a successful guitar template completed, I traced the template shape onto the body blank and prepared to cut out the guitar body.
I was a bit concerned with this step. My first thought was that I would have to cut very close to the tracing. Not being particularly skillful with a jigsaw, I knew this would be problematic. I then turned to the fine folks at Project Guitar Forum for advice. Their suggestion was to leave extra material all around which the router would later remove during the flush trimming step.
With that in mind, I left approximately ½” of material all the way around. Below is the body after the initial rough cut with a jigsaw:
I then used a four in one file to smooth the rough shape. Here is the body after some clean up work:
To further illustrate where I left off with this step, here is the template sitting on top of the body:
This step took about an hour and, overall, I’m happy with the results. However, I had to angle the template on the body blank in order to fit the dimensions of the Klein body. Typically, you want the grain to run lengthwise and this hadn’t occurred to me when looking into body blanks. That said I’m not concerned with the slight angle. Other guitar makers have had to do this in order to fit certain shapes onto available blanks and suffered no ill effects. I even found one guitar builder, Byrd Guitars, which intentionally runs the grain at an angle.
Now, onto the next step – routing the guitar body flush.
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