1. Go along to your local timber merchant (not Bunnings etc)Does anyone have any suggestion how to go about identifying what type of wood it is?
. There is a good chance that it is some type of Australia hardwood flooring timber
Spent most of today tidying up the garage and clearing my workbench. More time was spent cleaning than I wanted because I think I was trying to avoid making that first cut. So, before calling it a day, I made sure to make that first cut and cut out two body pieces. They are slightly oversize and will be trimmed with the router following the guide template. I don't know whether to trim the pieces first and then glue them together or to glue them and then trim as one piece. I'm thinking glue first then trim, what do you experts recommend?
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Definitely glue then trim. I deliberately use a "too short" router bit when trimming solidbody instrument bodies to a template, and take multiple passes. You are less likely to get tearout or have the router try to climb away from you by taking multiple shallow passes than trying to push a big bit through the whole thing at once.
If you need channels for wiring (i.e. from pickup cavities to a control cavity) you can cut them on the "inner" faces of either panel prior to gluing, then you don't have to try to drill long through holes in the completed body.
The "Interior Wood Glue" on the left is new and fresh, the "Durabond" and "Titebond II" are several years old (maybe 5-6 years) which may put them beyond their best before date. There is no date printed on the bottles. @sequoia is there much difference between Titebond 1 and Titebond II, or is Titebond II just a newer version?