Silvertone 1377 Pickguard Reproduction

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This ’54/’55 Silvertone 1377 had a broken pickguard that had been repaired by adding a piece of 1/8″ masonite.  I have never worked with heat molding plastic so it gave me a chance to experiment with a new process.  I found several online videos demonstrating suction molding using an oven to heat a sheet of plastic that is then quickly transferred to a mold.  I figured for the small size that I required I could heat the sheet of plastic with a heat gun right on the mold using a shop vaccum for suction.  It took a few tries but the result was quite good.