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8-string lap steel build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RomanS, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Worked a bit on the 6-string Multibender steel for my friend today - cut out the body parts with my jigsaw; still needs a lot of sanding, then I can glue the two parts together, and try rounding the edges with those Veritas tools.
    This one is going to be painted, thinking about milk-paint & wax, I'm leaning towards either barn red or daphne blue, but I'm letting my friend pick the color...
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  2. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    OK, got a bit of work done today:
    After rounding over the edges with the cornering tool, I glued the first wing to my lap steel:

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    And I made an electronics compartment on the underside of the other wing - going to glue that one to the body once the other one has set:

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  3. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    I also got some work done on the 6-string steel for my friend. More work on the edges with the cornering tools:

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    Really easy, you just have to make sure you work WITH the grain, not against it, with a little bit of sanding the result looks quite good:

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    Made some channels for the ground wire to the bridge, and the wires from the pickup to the pots:

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  4. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Brought out the glue again:

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    Haven't got a lot of clamps, but since I put in the screws right away that also hold together the neck and the base, it should work...

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  5. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    I'm inbetween nightshifts at the moment, didn't get a lot done - just glued up the other body wing; thinking about not painting the aluminium, but polishing it a bit more (gotta research if this can be done without tools).
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  6. fabricator

    fabricator Tele-Meister

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    Jun 29, 2012
    Texas
    Looking good, Roman!

    What brand of palm bender are you using?

    I bought a HipShot lever, thinking I would fabricate a bracket for 3 of them and save a bunch of money. They're wider than I thought. My strings are 3/8" apart, but the levers are on 3/4" centers (and planned on using three).

    I tune my steel to Gmaj13, so I'll need 3 levers to raise the I chord to a IV (the third lever raises the Vii to a I).
     
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  7. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Duesenberg Multibender
     

  8. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Drilled a hole for the jack on my friend's steel, filled the screw holes on the back and the crack between the two boards on the side with wood putty - once that has set, I will sand it smooth and start painting it.

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    Put a first coat of amber shellac on my steel; also tried to wipe some shellac onto the freboard, to mellow that glaring white - unfortunately that turned out a bit splotch, plastic is not the ideal surface for using shellac; might have to redo it or think of something else...
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  9. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    First coat of milk paint is on my friend's steel - needs more sanding and a few extra coats.
    Also, tried again to coat the fretboard with shellac; apparently, it is impossible to do this without spraying equipment; I tried brushing it on, wiping it on with a sponge, with wadded up cloth, with kitchen towels,... No chance to get an even finish on this non-porous, rubbery, but very smooth surface, it always turn out splotchy; finally gave up, and in the spirit of "It's a feature, not a bug!" made an extra-splotchy finish by just dripping some of the shellac onto the fretboard, and swirling it around, giving it a kinda marbly look; not completely sold on it yet - what do you think?

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  10. Revv23

    Revv23 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2009
    Michigan
    Cat approved!
     
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  11. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    The boss is inspecting the job!
     
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  12. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    UPDATE:
    Been abroad visiting family for the last week - so the paint had enough time to dry (I put about two coats of milk paint, one of shellac, and one of TruOil on my friend's steel, and two coat of shellac plus one of TruOil on mine).
    Got back this afternoon, bit exhausted after 7 hours of driving - just did a little bit of work today, started with my friend's steel, he's going to be touring in Northern Germany in a few weeks, so I need to finish his steel soon...

    Put some self-adhesive felt pads on the back of the steel, to prevent it from slipping on the knees:
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    Mounted the tuners:
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    Started working on a nut:
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    Usually on my steels I just use aluminium L-angle bar; but because of the Multibender I wanted something with less friction; couldn't find an affordable roller nut with wide enough string spacing, so I got the widest Graphtec nut I could find; since it is too low for a steel, I made a composite of aluminium T-bar, with a piece of flat alumium bar on top - to raise the nut a bit more, and to hold down the end of the plastic fretboard; still need to file the nut slots when it is mounted - they are radiused for a regular guitar, need to get them so the tops of the strings sit in a straight line, so you don't need to much bar pressure when playing...
     

  13. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Does the boss approve?
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  14. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Nut and fretboard mounted...
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  15. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Made a control plate - my friend's band is called THE FALLEN STARS (check them out if you like alt.country/Americana!) - I included the band logo on the plate...

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  16. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    OK, just finished the Multibender steel for my friend; it's a bit late here to test it thoroughtly (and I'm not very familia with the Open G tuning he requeste - I'm a C6 man myself...), but everything works!
    Got to work all weekend, but then I'll continue with working on my own steel!

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  17. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Looks great Roman. Looks like you got the aluminum polished up well.
     

  18. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Umm, nope? No aluminium on this one (except for the nut, which I left like it came); with my own steel I tried polishing the aluminium base plate, but that didn't work so great, I'm currently in the process of painting it.
     

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