Today was a perfect Saturday afternoon for woodworking. I was actually working on two Telecasters, but I will only talk about the rosewood one in the post.
First off, I had a few things I wanted to accomplish. I'll show the photo first, and way what I did to it.
First up, I routed out the neck pocket perfectly. I am getting much better than I was. I also cleaned up the pickup and cavity routes.
Next, I took the bandsaw, and cut the rest of the body into shape. It reminds me of a very early piece of advice I got when I started my luthier training. Cut the neck pocket first, then cut out the rest of the body.
Next, I cleaned up the neck pocket, and added the screw holes.
Mostly, I sanded the crap out of this thing. Man, I thought maple was hard. This rosewood ranks right up there with it. I am so thankful for my spindal sander. It helps with 90 degree sanding, and I don't know what I ever did before I had one.
This has me worried. I was originally happy with this being a one piece block of rosewood. However, this is a calcium deposit that is running right down the middle of the tree. I have a feeling that I am going to have to fill it in with CA glue mixed with rosewood dust.
I wanted to get an idea of what this body would look like once I put a finish on it. The easy way to do that is to wet the wood. It also gives me an idea if I would want to darken the wood, or leave it the way it is.
My next step is do keep sanding. I can't really do much more than that until I order parts for it. So far I am pretty happy with it.