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4 Rustkaster steel body Telecasters !

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by The Crash Cowboy, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. The Crash Cowboy

    The Crash Cowboy Tele-Meister

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    Beautiful Tungsten Inert Gas point welds. If the steel closes tight, it melts together without adding steel.

    I'll close the welds later, using MIG (or maybe also TIG ...).

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  2. The Crash Cowboy

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    ... and now Rustkaster 0002 is almost closed with TIG tack welds.

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    This week I'll finish the wood core of Baritone Rustkaster 0003, so I can weld the sides to that one next week.
     
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  4. The Crash Cowboy

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    Putting the template of the Baritone Tele to the wood block that will be the core of the body. I gave the template a little 'tilt', to route directly a little angle in the neck pocket; the Stetsbar that will go on the guitar needs it. Normally you place a shim in the pocket, but as I can route anything I want I don't need that shim.

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  5. The Crash Cowboy

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  6. MoMo_the_Peach

    MoMo_the_Peach TDPRI Member

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    Any particular reason to have the centre wood block offset to the left?
     

  7. The Crash Cowboy

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    I wil saw out the center part today; reason of the offset now is finding the best part of the wood, without irregularities. There will be no wood where the stars are.
     

  8. adamkoop

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    These are awesome !

    Gives me all kinds of bad ideas .. and that's a good thing.

    Also, my father's parents were Dutch, they came to Canada after the way .. so I suppose that makes us 50% brothers ?
     
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  9. The Crash Cowboy

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    We're all brothers here !

    And the baddest ideas are mostly the best. Like 'Why not make a steel body rusty guitar ?'
     

  10. adamkoop

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    Exactly ! The company I work for has a lot of fabrication equipment .. and they make a lot of parts out of sheet aluminium and copper, i wonder if I could sweet talk them into make me some body panels
     
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  11. The Crash Cowboy

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    Aluminium welding is very difficult ... and I guess copper needs to be soldered.
     

  12. rainbowbear998

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    I know it wouldn't be as nice, but copper could be spot welded, couldn't it?
     
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  13. adamkoop

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    You might be able weld copper, but it would probably make more sense to braze it.

    My thoughts in either case would have been to use a wood form for the sides and screw through into it
     
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  14. bparnell57

    bparnell57 Poster Extraordinaire

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    A brazed copper tele would be epic...
     
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  15. The Crash Cowboy

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    I sawed the sides of the wood core of the Baritone to fit, and painted it black with Hammerite, to protect the wood from the steel and to make it 'invisible' when looking trough the star pattern.

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    Next, I drilled the holes in the top to screw the body to the wood core. They're not everywhere, cause the Stetsbar will be between them.

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  16. The Crash Cowboy

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    Some small stuf, some mistakes ...

    Engraving the serial numbers free hand. Needs some more work ...
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    Cutting the holes in the back to install and reach the electronics. There will be cover plates on them.

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  17. Zepfan

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    I used to build electric starter motors for diesel trucks. The coils were copper and sometimes would need to be fused. Spot welding did well as far as holding together, but it did tend to pit the surface. Brazing does good, but it tends to bubble up and look ugly. Silver Solder works great on copper, it holds strongly and flows beautifully for a great finish.
     
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  18. The Crash Cowboy

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    Slow progress: I attached and fitted the steel body parts of the Baritone to the wood core. Wednesday I can start welding the sides to it. For that I still had to drill the screw holes in the back, and do some filing on the wood of the sides of the neck pocket.

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  19. The Crash Cowboy

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    Oh, and last week I routed some cover plates and a pickup cover. I had to learn to use the machine first, so it was very time-consuming, and the result needs some shaping and finishing.

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