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Old July 20th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Long time lurker here joining in this year. While I certainly don't consider myself an "expert", my build will fit the category rules, so I figured what the hey... "Go big or go home" right? Good luck everybody!

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Old July 20th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's the spirit. Welcome to the forum, and to the Challenge. Everyone, including your fellow challengers, are here to help. Good luck!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good to see you in this year. Good luck!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks! I've got a chunk of spanish cedar wide enough for a 1-piece body along with a figured walnut top lined up for this one. I haven't yet decided whether to make it a thinline or to chamber it, but it'll need something along those lines to keep the weight down.
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Yummy. Spanish Cedar will make a kickin' tele. And the walnut will contrast nicely. Walnut, Cedar or Maple for the neck? Unless you're doing a maple fretboard, I'm partial to Spanish Cedar for the neck. Had one on a Martin I loved. It's a little on the soft side, so you have to be careful not to ding up the back of the neck, but it makes a great neck, IMHO.
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Look forward to watching! Good luck!
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Old July 21st, 2013, 07:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yummy. Spanish Cedar will make a kickin' tele. And the walnut will contrast nicely. Walnut, Cedar or Maple for the neck? Unless you're doing a maple fretboard, I'm partial to Spanish Cedar for the neck. Had one on a Martin I loved. It's a little on the soft side, so you have to be careful not to ding up the back of the neck, but it makes a great neck, IMHO.
The neck will be a multi piece design - primarily maple, but with some contrasting darker woods added in too. Yeah, I contemplated spanish cedar for the neck on a previous build, but it did seem rather soft, so i didn't use it there.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 11:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Okay, here we go...



I didn't have time to get much accomplished today due to working late, but at least I got my proof of start posted.

Now, all that's left to do is just cut away everything that doesn't look like a telecaster
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 11:27 PM   #15 (permalink)
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First, I flatten the sections which will make up the neck to prepare them for gluing. I don't have a planer, so I make do with a 4" x 36" piece of marble threshold from the big box store. I use double sided duct tape to stick a few pieces of 80 grit sandpaper to it

Next, I mark up the side to be flattened with a pencil, attach the maple strips which will make up the laminated neck blank to a straight edge with more double sided tape, and begin sanding them flat





Once all the pencil marks are gone, I know it's ready.



When all three pieces have been flattened, I move on to my accent strips. These are unbent rosewood acoustic sides, and will contrast the figured maple nicely. I cut them to roughly the same size as the maple strips on the bandsaw like so:



And this is what the neck blank will look like once it's glued up



At this point, I was running out of daylight, and the mosquitos were getting bloodthirsty, so I decided to come inside and call it a day. I should be able to get it glued up tomorrow though.
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Cool! I find I use unbent acoustic sides for all sorts of things other than bending them and turning them into, well, acoustic sides. They're usefully milled bits of wood to have around.

That neck's going to look super-classy.
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... all that's left to do is just cut away everything that doesn't look like a telecaster
How hard can that be?

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I love the rosewood accents in the neck. Sounds like this is gonna be a gorgeous guitar. Good luck!
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 05:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Cool! I find I use unbent acoustic sides for all sorts of things other than bending them and turning them into, well, acoustic sides. They're usefully milled bits of wood to have around.

That neck's going to look super-classy.
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I love the rosewood accents in the neck. Sounds like this is gonna be a gorgeous guitar. Good luck!
Thanks guys... I hope the rest of the guitar lives up to the expectations set by the neck blank
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Old July 24th, 2013, 06:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I got the neck blank glued up late yesterday afternoon. When attempting to glue five pieces, they tend to want to slide around on the glue and it's not easy to keep them all aligned for clamping. So to keep everything in place, I pre-align all the pieces with a couple of temporary clamps and then drill pilot holes in the waste areas on each end of the blank.



Then I remove the temporary clamps, spread on the titebond glue, reassemble and realign the pieces, and run a long drywall screw through the pilot holes on either end. The screws keep all five pieces in place and help draw them together. Finally, I clamp it up, clean any glue that squeezed out, and set it aside to dry.

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