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2010 TDPRI $210 Challenge: We're there Dudes!

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

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  1. bigdaddy55021

    bigdaddy55021 TDPRI Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    IMHO, pillaging an SX STL for parts would be kinda criminal. They are darn fine guitars. I don't understand how the heck they do it because I'm gonna spend more on parts for my build than I spent to get my STL50 to my door...

  2. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Dragons? Did somebody say dragons? What a great idea! I love dragons! Thanks Moggl!

  3. Moggl

    Moggl Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 27, 2008
    Howzabout a more stylised dragon (think swoop across the fretboard), to reflect simplicity and dynamics all in one go? :)

  4. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Crime Scene

    This is the workbench I put together a couple of years back for doing inlays and other small scale type work. It's modeled on a classical jeweler's bench. The one really handy thing I came up with is a v-block with a foot operated clamp for holding the pearl while you're sawing. This makes life a lot easier and reduces pearl breakage to nearly zero. On the far right you can also see my most important tool, coffee and lots of it!

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  5. ChrisRM

    ChrisRM TDPRI Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    Wokingham, UK
    Hmm, “If you can't take the heat, don't tickle the dragon.”

  6. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    For all the compliments on the inlays...

    Thank you all very much! It's one of the things I like best to do and your encouragement is greatly appreciated!

  7. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Smooth As A Baby's Butt

    Managed to get a little further here. Using various rasps, files, sandpaper and large quantities of elbow grease I finished shaping the neck and got it sanded down pretty smooth.

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  8. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    More Neck

    There were a few small cracks in the wood which I carefully filled with superglue (I buy it by the quart ;-)

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  9. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Short Intermission

    I had to take a break Telecastering and do some inlay work for my friends over at Antique Acoustics. This is a celluloid pickguard styled after a Martin OM-45. Celluloid is a little tricky to cut with the router as it's quite inflammable (see Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds") so I have an air hose aimed at the cutter head to keep things cool, as you can see below. I also put a little white LED down there so I can see what's going on.

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  10. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's Back To Work We Go!

    I got some 2 mm carbon fiber down at the model shop and set to work making switch and a neck plates. I saw an angled switch somewhere the other day and thought that looked kind of cool (and maybe even more practical ;-) so I did that too. And I came up with a nifty dragon logo which I engraved into the neck plate. Starting to look even more like a bought one!

    Checking the accounts on this: approximately 85 cm2 of carbon fiber at €0.06/cm2 equals €5.10 converted to USDs at $1.35804 to 1 equals $6.93. Also €2.00 for four stainless steel neck bolts from the boating supply shop. Makes another $2.72. Still within budget!

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  11. vtcyclist

    vtcyclist Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 19, 2008
    Wow!! The inlay and carbon parts are....just wow! I love homemade parts that look better than store bought.

  12. alias23k

    alias23k Tele-Meister

    Jul 3, 2009
    sweaty southeast
    Dude that is amazing work! Envious of the skills you have and the shop.

  13. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Thanks for the kind words! I just wish my son were doing this with me like yours is with you. We have built Teles together in the past, but doing it for this Challenge would have been the best. He's thirty and has to worry about his own family these days. He does stop by often to see how I'm coming along with this though.

  14. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Thanks! I love the tailpiece you're making, and I wouldn't say "No!" to a Shopsmith either.

  15. Moggl

    Moggl Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 27, 2008
    'Hic sunt dragones' - 'nuff said. Thumbs up! :)

  16. oigun

    oigun Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 29, 2009
    Haarlem, Holland.
    Das is richtig GEIL Herr Fearn...If I ever need complicated inlays I hunt you down...

  17. 68thinline

    68thinline Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 4, 2009
    Hoggetowne, FL
    When this challenge is over I'm gonna have to build me one of them CNC router thingies.:lol:

    Seriously nice work - that pickguard inlay is gorgeous and your home made parts are awesome (love the dragon).

  18. CJFearn

    CJFearn Tele-Holic

    Moggl - Thanks!

    oigun - I would consider it an honor to do some inlays for you!

    68thinline - The CNC router is probably the coolest tool ever invented by man! I got mine about two and a half years ago and I've never had so much fun in my life (a lot headaches too, but the fun more than makes up for it!). If you need any help let me know.

  19. KennyH

    KennyH Tele-Meister

    Nov 21, 2008
    Mid Calder, Scotland
    This is one amazing looking build.

    Great stuff, but that pic' guard, man, nooooo!

    Love the carbon neck plate, outstanding detail!

  20. jeremyb

    jeremyb Tele-Meister

    Jun 23, 2009
    Chch, NZ
    I'm speechless, this is awesome!!

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