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A Fender Lead/strat/PRS of some sorts...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mjr428, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    I wasn't planning on posting anything about this build, but what the heck... I took a Fender lead body shape and put lower horn from a strat and now I'm going to have a mini strat of some sorts. I plan on doing 2 strat pups with a p90 in the bridge position with a carved top or should I say a beveled top like a PRS. And of course this will all be built from recycled materials. So far I've got the body cut out and chambered. I had one minor accident so far with the router... Well actually 2, but only one that scared me. Got some tearout where im going to put a belly cut, so that's no biggie, but while I was routing out the chamber, the router caught something and ripped it right out of my hands. Needless to say, I just stepped away and unplugged it while it was spinning around on the ground. Lesson learned... Really pay attention to what your doing! I also got the cap glued up and cut out. Here are some not so exciting pictures 1505104684390.jpg
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    You can see where the router took out a piece of the body when it decided to go for a fly... It was an easy patch so thankfully there was no real harm done.
     
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  2. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Tonight I was able to get the cap glued to the body.
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    The cap is wood that I recycled from a pallet. After I got it planed down to thickness, it seemed to turn into bossil wood... It's extremely light and fragil... We'll see how it holds up. Probably not going to hold screws to well... I think the only thing im going to need to screw down to it is the pick guard. We'll see...
     

  3. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Cedar Hill, TX
    I'm also thankful for my new workshop! We just bought a house a few months back and it has a good size shed out back. I've been working on some furniture pieces for the house and that makes the wife happy and that gives me some time to work on guitar stuff. 1505450488963.jpg
     
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  4. Mase

    Mase TDPRI Member

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    Apr 20, 2016
    Australia
    Recycled eh, i dig it, use a lot of recycled timber myself.Nice looking shed, that pegboard lining looks pretty handy.Are you going to bind the edge of the cap ?
     

  5. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Cedar Hill, TX
    No binding I think... I was planning on blending the top bevel into the side. That could change though.
     

  6. Mase

    Mase TDPRI Member

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    Australia
    Interested to see what you end up doing.Good luck.
     

  7. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    This morning I was able to get the cap routed to the body and the round over on the back.
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    I also had some more tearout...
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    Might need to buy some new bits. The big one is in the body contour area so shouldn't be a problem, but the other one... I guess we'll see. Might need to fill some.
     

  8. Mase

    Mase TDPRI Member

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    Apr 20, 2016
    Australia
    Bugger ! I had the same thing happen a few times, so I lashed out on CMT bits that have shearing action.The blades on the bit are on an angle instead of straight up and down.They do a great job but were pricey.I also sand right to the line so the bit doesn't do much work.
     

  9. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Got the neck blank glued and planed to thickness...
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    Now I need to build a truss rod and route the slot... Amongst other things. I also need to build a fret slot mitre box. I tried to free hand it last time and ended up with some wonky frets.
     
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  10. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    I had the same exact tear-out in the same general area with a pine body. Part of the problem is the soft inner wood with the rings. It is fairly easy to tear even with sharp bits.

    I happened to locate the chip and glued it back in. I'm going to sand it flat in a few minutes.

    One of the reasons why you want to get very close to the line before you hit the router. Less wood to trim means less that can catch and tear out.

    Oh...and I was sharpening by bits today...

    :)
     
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  11. Macrogats

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    "Build" a truss rod. Interested to see how this progresses. Will be watching.
     

  12. mjr428

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    Yeah, I figure it has as much to do with the pine as my bits... But I probably need to get some new bits though
     

  13. mjr428

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    Cedar Hill, TX
    Nothing to exciting as far as the truss rod goes... I believe it is a martin style truss rod. It's an aluminum c channel with a threaded rod through the middle of it attached to a t-bolt and hex nut at one end. Nothing fancy but works
     

  14. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    You can buy diamond stones that are roughly the size of a credit card, and cost less that $20.00 apiece. Couple that with some spray-on pitch remover, and you can have a sharpening system for all of your bits for under $40.00.

    It really does not take a lot to sharpen them.

    Stumpy Nubs has a video on it:



    Here's what I purchased:

    http://www.rockler.com/3-1-4-x-2-wallet-sized-diamond-sharpening-stone

    Coarse and fine

    https://www.woodcraft.com/products/blade-and-bit-cleaner-8-ounce-pump-spray

    Sharpened and cleaned my bits today. The diamond stones only require water. Did some cavity routes today - they worked great.
     

  15. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Finished my fret slot mitre box...
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    Now I can get started on the fret board. I also want to get all the routes done on the body tomorrow, Lord willing. Then I can get started on the widling...
     

  16. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Well, I was able to get the neck pocket and pickups routed in the body.
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    I just freehand the 2 strat pickup cavities since they're going to be covered up by a pickguard anyways. P90 for the bridge. Now i can get started on all the body contours!
     

  17. mjr428

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    I got started on widdling out the belly cut
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    I don't remember it being so much work...
     
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  18. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    I did the forearm and belly cuts on mine with a rasp and file. I did the forearm cut first, on a walnut top. That was murder on my hands. The alder back seemed like warmed butter after the walnut. If I were to do walnut again, id look into one of those Shinto Japanese saw rasps.

    This is definitely and interesting build. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished!
     

  19. mjr428

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Did a little more carving tonight... And some fine tuning.
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    I've been having to work a lot of OT lately, so I haven't had too much time to build... Hopefully I'll get a break soon and I can get back to building again.
     

  20. mjr428

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Tonight I got started on the top carve...
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    Still pretty rough, but starting to take shape
     
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