Well I have been hanging around here for years...at least one before I joined. I feel like I've have learned more here than I could have anywhere else, and I say THANK YOU to all of the ridiculously talented luthiers that post here. It is my turn to add something to the forum of some entertainment/educational value. I was willed a fully outfitted wood shop by my late father-in-law who passed two years ago due to cancer. He knew that I had interest in guitar building even though I have never built anything before. The shop is full of a lot of hobbyist-grade tools, but if you are careful I've found that they'll do a more than adequate job. The power tools I am using are: 9" band saw (bench top) Floor mount drill press Miter saw 6" bench top jointer router table fixed base router Cheapo plunge router (used only for pickup 'Legs') Just bought a Ridged oscillating spindle sander AWESOME TOOL! Two laminate trim routers Though I have no real-world wood working experience I have been obsessed for years with the topic. I have watched every episode of The New Yankee Workshop along with every other show on the subject I could find. I have also read several books, dozens of magazines, and other internet material concerning woodworking. I had a good understanding of the tools and how to use them safely. THIS IS A MUST! Lets get to the build! I chose to go with the Bartlett Plan because is it the most accurate. I had several copies made and glued the various parts to 1/4" hardboard with spray-on adhesive rough cut on the band saw sand to the lines. I use the hardboard template to make templates out of 1/2" or 3/4" MDF. I like to make templates for my templates so I can have a backup when I ruin one. I ended up remaking these with the Bartlett update with revised headstock and pickup routes My Templates were designed to be used with template bits that have shank mounted bearings.