I’ve made a mold for the body from scrap plywood. It is slightly more complex than usual because the body sides are twisted near the neck – the top and bottom are different shapes. Hopefully the sides will blend into the neck.
The mold isn’t a thing of beauty but should do the job.
Bending the sides was pretty easy – wipe with wet rag and bend over the iron. I tried to get them so they fitted without tension on the mold. As they dry and cool down they do tend to change shape so I tied them to the mold so they would hold their shape better.
I’ve also cut out the block for the tail and neck joint.