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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Hollywood691, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    I had that same problem with that same router.

    I went to Harbor Freight and bought their equivalent current model and I can't believe how much better it runs the same tools and same projects. Probably twenty bodies with it by now.

    I also replaced the same vintage quarter sheet pad sander with the HF random orbital palm sander and holy cow! so much better results.

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  2. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Make a square or rectangle of the same material, ideally grain matched. I used the offcut from my alder blank. It can be any shape, really, just straight edges. Lay it over the offending area with a small bit of double stick tape, just so it won't move while setting up the template. Lay some straight-sided 3/4" MDF scraps against all four (or more?) sides, and stick these down very well. Lift out your patch block, and rout using a top bearing bit. Glue block. Lay out, and re-cut. Don't screw it up this time. :twisted:

    Here's my body with the block prepped for the do-over.

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    And here's the result:

  3. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    Experience as a woodworker is minimal, I've built alot of stuff ie...tables, benches, cabinets etc. but nothing like this. This is my first attempt to build a guitar (I've wanted to for a long time). I am trying to patch it up to fix it. I certianly dont want to trash it haha.[/QUOTE]
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  4. unfamous

    unfamous Tele-Meister

    Jul 19, 2009
    North Georgia
    Lutherie is quite a bit of repairing one's screw-ups. I read that on the internet, but learned it first-hand before I 'd read it.
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  5. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    Thank you everyone for the encouragment on my first build, and to moosie for the example pics!
    I still need a little fixing on the control cavity, but did fix the neck pocket today and have a question.
    The ole tele neck I have is a tad loose in the pocket, what do i need to do about that?

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    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
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  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2014
    Be encouraged, brother! We all mess up… Especially when you’re learning. That’s when you learn the most. And somehow, it’s that much more satisfying, when you hang on and make it work anyway.

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  7. Bergy

    Bergy TDPRI Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    Nice save! Really like that grain. How ya gonna finish it? I’ll be interested to hear some remedies for a loose neck pocket, myself.
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  8. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    I wouldn’t do anything if it’s only a little loose; I like that wiggle room to help me adjust for any failures in geometry with my bridge. :rolleyes: Especiallyokay if you are assembling the guitar in a dry season.

    If you do want to tighten the pocket a bit, I have used tape on the template walls for that.

    Edit: but now I see you’ve already cut the pocket, in which case I’d just say “onward!” :)
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  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I hoped mine would give a little sucking sound as the air was pushed out, but alas, it's a bit loose, too. Just enough for a 1/32" maple shim to fix. You can see it if you look close, but it's glued in permanent. (I'm not talking about the StewMac shim - that was needed because the WD Music neck was a little bit off. Had the same need on a couple of actual Fender bodies I tried it with, too.)
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  10. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    Shooting for Blonde Butterscotch nitro lacquer I got from reranch. I wanted to try to build this as close to a 1950 Broadcaster as I can....on a thin to no Budget LOL. And yes I thought this was a beautiful slab, I bought 2" x 14" x 60" in Houston for $55, I know I can custom paint and airbrush it, but wanted to go vintage on it. Next body I'll try something exotic on it.
    I tried witch doctoring some urethane kandies on these scrap pieces, the thin strip has a clearcoat on it.

  11. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
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  12. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    And that is just what I have on this one.....that makes me feel better, haha, still may shim it like moosie did.
  13. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 Tele-Meister

    Nov 30, 2016
    I didn’t see this mentioned. For the router issue, make sure your bit is sharp! And don’t take out too much material at once. My first few experiences with a router were terrible. I split I neck down the middle, gouged deep holes from bits coming loosed ect. I was always too excited to get the project done and would rush, the vibrations for being aggressive can cause stuff to come loose. I own 4 routers now, I’ve had mishaps with all of them. I thought a better router would help, nope... it was my technique. I’ll even take a rasp on any points after driller to avoid tear out.
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  14. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I just noticed in my earlier pic (post #22), I'd already glued the shim in place on the bass side of the neck pocket. See it?

    And here's the finished guitar. Sure, builders can tell it's a first effort, but my mom would think it's amazing! :lol::lol::lol::lol:

  15. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    Yes, I see the shim and thats what I may do also........this is my very first build so I certianly couldn't tell it's a first effort LOL! Like your mom, I think it looks Great! Like the color and the binding.
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  16. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Aww, thanks mom :D

    My point being ... don't feel like you've screwed the pooch. Lots of room to still end up in the win column. Even if you blow a few more things, like I did. :rolleyes:
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  17. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 25, 2011
    Perth Australia
    I made the neck pocket too long on my most recent Thinline but glued in a similar block of ash and re-routed the pocket.
    By the time I stained and finished you can hardly see it.

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  18. Hollywood691

    Hollywood691 TDPRI Member

    All fixed and neck fits almost like a glove, haha
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  19. GPlo

    GPlo TDPRI Member

    Jul 26, 2018
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  20. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    Just needs the right pickguard shape

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