Found a new blade for the band saw. Changed blades after I made a plexi template, then did a thorough set up. It cut much nicer this time.
Used the other half of the board I cut the sides from to make some blanks for a laminated maple neck, just in case I decide to go that route. Also cut some neck and tail blocks and a bunch of kerfing strips from a big chunk of basswood.
I now have a template for a 12 fret to the body from the build along and a full plan for a 14 fret from LMI. Now I don’t know which to do. I like 14 fret, but the 12 fret essentially slides the fretboard down two frets and puts the bridge smack in the middle of the lower bout, which I think may sound better. I guess I’ll sleep on it and dream of neck wood and binding combinations while I’m at it.