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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bluesblooded 2013 Challenge build: Dreamcaster

I'm excited to be in and nervous at the same time. So many beautiful builds in the past. Everyone that follows the challenge build now have high expectations. Wish I deliver a great guitar and enjoyable thread.

The body will be made out of a 50 year old Douglas Pine Cathedral floor beam.

Two things I never did before I wish to do is a binding and beautiful shiny finish. My only build was Tung oiled.

Good luck everyone, I hope I'll have the time to read and contribute to as many challenge build as possible.

Oh Yeah, why Dreamcaster, well I decided early on that my guitars would be named after songs I like and that I can play.

The first was Shine on - Pink Floyd
The second wich is not completed yet is Bad - U2
This one is Dream On - Aerosmith

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Old July 20th, 2013, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Love the old pine. I'm sure you'll build a real beauty. Good luck!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 10:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! Good luck Andre!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 11:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you Phil and Brian
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Best of luck Andre , you're gonna enjoy this , as am I
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thanks Herb,

I will need to revisit your build threads and learn how to make a beautiful shiny finish.
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Antique blessed religious pine - too cool
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Old July 20th, 2013, 03:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Pine tele's are great, good luck!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Bonne chance, mon ami!

Is that wood from a local cathedral? I love stuff with history.
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Merci NewTwanger.

Can't wait to see what your Not-So-Telecaster looks like.

The beam supported the floor of the Sherbrooke Cathedral. It was 27 foot long about 12inx12in. The contractor who replaced the beam cut it in three pieces and sold it to me for 45$. It then costed me 90$ to saw it into boards

I was able to get quite a few boards out of it. I made sure I had two boards that were 2 1/4in thick so I could build some guitars. I should be able to pull out 5 blanks out of them

The reminder will be used for new kitchen counter tops.



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I'll start with the first question of this years challenge

I will make my template shortly and wonder how much space I should leave in the neck pocket to account for the finish I'll do.

I don't have the time to make the neck first, apply finish then make the neck pocket template.

I was planning to put some tape around the heel of the neck before making my neck pocket template as per Jack Wells's instructions.

is .010 each side of the heel enough or too much?

I plan for a solid color and around 6 to 9 coats of nitro
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Look forward to watching! Good luck!
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Good luck Andre!
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Nice score on the wood. Should make for some great guitars and counter tops!

good luck.

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Old July 21st, 2013, 12:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'll start with the first question of this years challenge

I will make my template shortly and wonder how much space I should leave in the neck pocket to account for the finish I'll do.

I don't have the time to make the neck first, apply finish then make the neck pocket template.

I was planning to put some tape around the heel of the neck before making my neck pocket template as per Jack Wells's instructions.

is .010 each side of the heel enough or too much?

I plan for a solid color and around 6 to 9 coats of nitro
This is the reverse procedure, isn't it.
It sounds right to me.
Good luck Andre.
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I will make my template shortly and wonder how much space I should leave in the neck pocket to account for the finish I'll do.
I plan for a solid color and around 6 to 9 coats of nitro
You don't paint inside the pocket and you don't put 6-9 coats of nitro on the neck.

I do the body, the make sure my neck template fits snugly into the pocket.
Template fits=neck fits.
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You don't paint inside the pocket and you don't put 6-9 coats of nitro on the neck.

I do the body, the make sure my neck template fits snugly into the pocket.
Template fits=neck fits.
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Ya I do the same - I just make sure the neck and body have a perfect fit - like puzzle pieces - then when I make them, I give the pocket either 2 coats of sealer or one coat of lacquer; on the neck, I go as light as I can in the heel area and then use some 220gt sand paper to get most of the finish off of the bottom of the heel - where the screws pull the heel and pocket together.

That seems to compensate for the sanding on the heel prior to finishing.
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Good luck. It sounds like this is going to a good one to follow :)
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Old July 21st, 2013, 07:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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This is the reverse procedure, isn't it.
It sounds right to me.
Good luck Andre.
Thanks Nick,

Sorry to see your not in.
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