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Discussion in '2010 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Jack Wells, Mar 2, 2010.

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  1. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity

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    Bought this piece of 8/4 hard maple yesterday.

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    Can't wait to see what you come up with.
     
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    And the plot thickens! I don't see myself doing anything but hitting refresh on my browser for the next two months. I'm excited you've joined the fray.
     
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    winny pooh Friend of Leo's

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    should be a good one
     
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    Maybe I should just beg out now... :mrgreen:
     
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    you do good work....and are the reason I completely decided to change colors on my USACG BUILD.....this will be epic, I knows it already
     
  9. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity

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    Don't expect too much guys. Still searching for an idea.
     
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    build a telecaster with it.
     
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    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah! Fendorst has the right idea!
    Serious though Jack, I'm glad you joined! This should become an entertaining and educational thread to say the least.
     
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    My light bulb lit bright today, decide on some details. Changed the mantelcaster to the mental caster, just could not edit the OP / Thread title... ;)
     
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    Haha! You're reputation precedes you and now you have to live up to it!
    Even if you built a run-of-the-mill tele (which you never do), I'd still be interested because you write some of the most informative, interesting threads.
     
  14. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity

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    Determining Body Wood Cost.

    I purchased an 8 ft piece of 8/4 hard maple ~ 8 in. wide. Actually it was a little less than 8 in. wide and less than 2 in. thick but they write it up as a 2x8. In theory I could get three bodies from this board. However there is checking on each end of the board. I've chosen to allow 3 in. waste at this end.

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    Here are the two pieces that will make up the body. By joining the common edge in the center, you get a less visible joint line.

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    Cost Calculation:

    2x8x(16+19)=560 cu. in.

    560/144=3.89 board feet.

    3.89 x $4.36 = $16.95 + 5.94% tax = $17.96
     
  15. Jack Wells

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    My career hasn't allowed me to do any work on this project until today. I start by taking off some of the excess width from the boards which will make up the body blank.

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    After running them through the jointer we're ready for the glue-up.

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    Clamps in place.

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    Glue squeeze-out wiped away.

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    Since this wood measures just a hair over 1 3/4 in., I've decided not to run it through the thickness planer.

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    Instead I'll use the belt sander and orbital sander to smooth it out.

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    I attach the template to the blank with two screws ......... one in the bridge area and the other between the neck pocket area and neck pickup cavity area. Then I trace the shape and cavity outlines.

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    A trip to the bandsaw................

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    .... yields this.

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  16. crispy king

    crispy king Tele-Meister

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    Looking good so far.
    Is this going to be a standard tele, or have you got something more exciting in mind?
     
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    I always rout my body shapes using 'downhill routing' as depicted in the following diagram making several shallow passes.

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    This is as far as I could get with the template.

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    I had dropped the bit into the collet as far as it would go. After removing the template there still wasn't enough bit to finish the job so I raised it in the collet about a half inch. There's still plenty of shaft in the collet.

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    As you can see, now the bit can be raised high enough to finish the job.

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    Body shape routing completed. The remainder was done in three passes. Some in earlier threads have spoken in a negative manner about my 'downhill routing' technique and some have actually said it caused tearout. I think they may be a little unclear on the concept or are inexperienced in the use of routers. Here we have a 1 3/4 in. body made from hard maple with no tearout.

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    Hmmmm............. Let's see........... you can buy a standard Tele. Why build something you can buy? It won't be a typical Tele but don't expect something too exiting either.
     
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    Predrilling cavities with a Forstner bit.

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    Here's a little trick for getting your control cavity depth correct. Lay a piece of 1/4 in. material alongside the body and adjust the bit depth until it touches it.

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    Cavities done. Next up ............ neck pocket.

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    My neck pocket template attaches with the same screw holes as the body template so indexing is automatic. Since this template is only 1/4 in. MDF, it's good to have a pattern bit that's only 1/2 in. long.

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    First router pass after predrilling the neck pocket.

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    Neck pocket routing complete. It measures 0.630 in. deep ....... close enough.

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    Enough for today. Now it's time for Lost.
     
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    As my Old Man would've said: If I didn't know better I'd say it looks just like a guitar! Nice going Mr. Jack!
     
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    Here's my set-up for drilling the jack hole. One could probably make a simple jig for doing this job. In fact, I seem to remember that Ed Hawley designed just such a jig.

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    Well, this step in complete. Here's the outside...........

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    ...... and here's the inside.

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