On to templates. This one is made of thin MDF, as it really only acts as a reference. Iím not using a router, so am pretty much free to do things however I want.
The body was cut out using a bowsaw. This is much faster than a coping saw. I used a 12 tpi blade. My technique needs practice, but I got the shape cut out relatively neatly in the end. You can see me using the template as a sort of rough safety guide.
Only a little more sanding needed than if I had used a bandsaw!