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B-day present for my wife

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mjr428, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
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    Glueing up the blank...
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    My goal is to get it planed and cut out this weekend. Probably won't finish in time for our anniversary but hopefully finish it sooner than later... Still deciding what color to paint it. I was originally going to do a vintage white, but already have too many white guitars, so want to do something different. Of course she has to approve though...
     

  2. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    All right! Back in the saddle.
     
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  3. Barncaster

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  4. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Today I planed the body blank...
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    And got it cut out.
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    I know poplar isn't necessarily a hard wood, but my sucky jigsaw was having some problems cutting through it. So far I've only built bodies from pine and cedar... Maybe one day I'll be able to get a bandsaw. Anyways, I did get the body halfway routed to the template before my wife got home. Hopefully I can finish it tonight.
     

  5. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    A very cool body shape.
     

  6. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Ok, was able to finish routing the body tonight.
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    A little late night session... No neighbors complained so that was good. Maybe it's because we live right by the tracks and have freight trains going by nightly so their used to the noise.
     
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  7. tele_pathic

    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

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    I can’t believe how expensive the St. Vincent Music Man is. Ridiculous!
     

  8. elpico

    elpico Tele-Holic

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  9. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, that's why I'm making one. Even if it's properly priced, I just can't justify paying that much for any guitar with my budget.
     
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  10. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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  11. mitchfinck

    mitchfinck Tele-Holic

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  12. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Midlothian, TX
    Routed out the neck pocket this morning.
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  13. elpico

    elpico Tele-Holic

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    Nope. They're plywood guitars, it's not a secret. The plywood is laid up in this order: maple/poplar/maple. By using several thin, super floppy plys they can press a stack of them into an archtop shape instead of the traditional method of carving a top out from a block of solid wood. The sides and back are plywood as well.

    It's easy to understand why they do it that way- faster, cheaper, better suited to mass production etc. What's not easy to understand is why they go ahead and price them similar to what a hand built, traditionally carved, solid wood archtop would cost...
     
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  14. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Midlothian, TX
    Today I did the round overs and marked out where everything will go.
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    I plan on routing out for all the pickups and control cavity then go on to carve out the body contours. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do the top carves as it's a lot of wood to be removed. I was thinking that I would just route it but then I would have to construct a couple of jigs... And I can't be bothered to do that because of all the different angles and depths... I'll probably just start hacking at it with some rasps... At least that way I know I can control it better. It'll probably just take me a few days to finish it all... And get really sweaty in the process. No AC in the shop in the TX summer heat...
     
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  15. Bigpernz

    Bigpernz Tele-Meister

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    Enjoying the build, can't wait to see how it turns out well done!
     

  16. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Midlothian, TX
    Working on the mini humbucker template...
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    It was so hot I had to take a break (you can see my sweat in the pic). I need to adjust the tab area but it's otherwise done. I also need to make a template for the control cavity on the back... Not my favorite part, but I need to do it.
     
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  17. Kriticaster

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    Really great looking guitar!

    Glad you could get back to it

    She’ll appreciate it whenever it’s completed... it’s a one of a kind, handmade guitar!
     

  18. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Making some templates today before it gets too hot...
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    And finished the last of them...
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    Then went to lay out all the components and realized my mistake... The control cavity isn't parallel with the center line so I don't think the switch will fit with the pots not lining up in a straight line.... So unfortunately I think I'm going to have to redo the control cavity templates... 1530033254350.jpg
    I'm getting better at making my own templates but they are by no means perfect.
     
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  19. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
    Midlothian, TX
    This morning, I was able to get the pickup route under the pick guard done. 1530111082407.jpg
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    I'm going to try and get everything routed by this weekend. And then get started on the body contours...
     

  20. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    It’s coming along nicely!!
     

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