I first sawed the soft maple into four pieces and glued them up to make a block thick enough and wide enough for the body. I didn't have a bunch of clamps, so I clamped the width and then placed about 300 pounds of steel on top of that. I was surprised that even after all that weight, that the pieces still didn't squeeze as tight together as I had thought. But, they were bonded well and I was eager to get started. I screwed the body to a peice of MDF and then placed in on the CNC and machined the control cavities and pickup pockets, then milled to outside diameter. I love the smell of that maple when cutting.