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routing a humbucker

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I don't have a lot of power tools and I'm experimenting with making my own solid body (nothing flash, just something that works).. I've done a lot of research on the finishing, installing the bridge etc, but I'm a real newbie when it comes to carpentry/woodwork.

So I'm wondering, how exactly do you get a cavity into the body where you can put the humbucker setup? I know you can do it with a 'routing machine' but is it possible to do it with traditional, nonpower tools?

Also I'm similarly wondering how the neck gap is made (the place where the neck fits into the body), and whether this can be done with nonpower tools.

Oh, and if the answer is no to those questions, can anyone recommend a cheap routing machine? :D

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question by the way

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