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A Literal "Carved Top"

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by skipjackrc4, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. skipjackrc4

    skipjackrc4 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 21, 2011
    USA
    So first off, this is not a tele, or even a guitar. It's an electric violin. I'm posting it here because I think some people will find it interesting, and hopefully someone will be inspired to do something similar. I plan on doing a guitar version of this someday, but thought I'd start with a smaller instrument.

    I'm living in an apartment for the next several months, away from my power tools. To fight off boredom, I rough cut this thing back home and brought it and my hand tools with me.

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    The body is solid cherry, as is the neck. The idea is to carve the body into a 3D celtic knot. There are lines penciled in, but they hardly show up in the picture.

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    The neck joint that I use for electric violins is a tapered dovetail. This will be glued in right after carving.

    I've done a few celtic knot carves before, but nothing this big. Hopefully I don't screw it up... We'll see.
     
  2. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    Wow! That's exquisite. I'm anxious to see it progress.
     
  3. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
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  5. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2010
    New Zealand
    That's fantastic! This is going to be great fun to watch, what a terrific idea.
     
  6. skipjackrc4

    skipjackrc4 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 21, 2011
    USA
    Thanks guys! I was going to start cutting down the outer edges, but I need a new coping saw blade. Hopefully Lowe's will have them and I can start tomorrow.
     
  7. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mind.............Blowing! :D, I can't wait for next post ;)
     
  8. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    Canada
    Oh yes, really interesting concept!
     
  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    That is awesome! Carving it looks like fun. Can't wait to see.
     
  10. Moldy Oldy

    Moldy Oldy Tele-Meister

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    Jun 25, 2012
    Mission Viejo, CA
    This is gonna be cool.
     
  11. Davecam48

    Davecam48 Friend of Leo's

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    Dec 31, 2009
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    Very unique! Congratulations
     
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  13. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oct 24, 2009
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    WOW , I'll be watching this ;)
     
  14. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2011
    Mobile, AL
  15. nickhofen

    nickhofen Friend of Leo's

    Fantastic:eek: subscribed.
     
  16. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 7, 2009
    Reading, Massachusetts
    Get carving already, will ya? We're dying here!
     
  17. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    Cool - I like that!
     
  18. skipjackrc4

    skipjackrc4 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 21, 2011
    USA
    I got the saw blades today. The plan is to use the coping saw to cut down the external edges and clean them up with a chisel. After getting all the 3D heights set, I will go through and start rounding things over and cleaning up chiseling marks.

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    Here I chiseled about half of the length. You can see the block on the end where I stopped with the coping saw. That will be chiseled out as well.

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    This is that side done for now. Everything is pretty smooth (except for the end, which will be rounded over anyway). This cherry is a almost effortless to carve. Which is good, because it gets a lot harder from here.

    You may have noticed the grooves in the side. Those are routed in using a drawer bottom bit and are there to hold a shoulder rest. I'll post a picture of this later, for those who are not familiar with violins. Unfortunately, I have to work around these grooves, so the symmetry will be off a little. Oh well. No real way around that.

    I plan on doing several more sections today, while relaxing my hand in between. I tend to hold chisels too tightly and can get cramps if I'm not careful. Also, I need to adjust the white balance on the Nikon. The cherry is not actually bright yellow :rolleyes:
     
  19. buckallred

    buckallred Tele-Meister

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  20. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    What he said :lol:
     
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