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Brooklyn Builds

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by cain74, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    I work in the design department of a large retailer. We are currently remodeling our downtown Brooklyn store and part of the project required demoing a large portion of the building.
    The project manager knows I'm into wood working and sent me a photo of all of the wood floor joists that were going to be pitched. The building was constructed in 1860 something, we're talking old timbers! He somehow convinced someone to save a few of the timbers. Score! Next problem, they are in Brooklyn and I'm in Cincinnati. The PM found someone to drive them down to Cincinnati! I think someone someone a favor or two.
    From the delivery I recieved two floor joists. They were 3x13x8'! I figured I could build a few guitars from that. So for my second and third guitar builds I am making a telecaster with humbuckers for a coworker who worked on the project and one for my 12 daughter for Christmas. Time to make some saw dust!
     
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  2. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    The wood is some type of pine or fir.

    I'm trying to post pics from my phone,but having issues. (Hold please)
     

  3. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    Here is a shot of one of the two boards cut in half and sent through the planer.
     

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  4. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    And here is one of the halves cut in half once planed to thickness. Unfortunately my band saw can only resaw up to 12" so I had to turn about an 1.5" into dust. I was also told all of the nails had been pulled. WRONG! The heads of the nails were ripped out. the rest of the nail was still there. I now need to get a new set of planer blades. Getting the rest of the nails out turned into a real chore. The were the original hand made nails.
     

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  5. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    Here is a shot of one of the blanks strapped in ready to be cut. All nails removed. I used a magnet this time to check the board.
     

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  6. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    This is my daughters guitar. I like the grain pattern on the side of the guitar. Does anyone have an idea what type of wood this is?
     

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  7. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    Here is a shot of the back. I like how the nails have blacked the wood. I am filling them in with clear epoxy.
     

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  8. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    This is the one for my friend at work.
     

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  9. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Cool score!
    Too bad about the nails, at least you didn't chip a set of 36" plane blades...
    Most mill shops refuse to plane used lumber for this reason.
    When working in a boat shop where we planed live timber with the bark still on, sometimes we would hit a nail that was grown into the tree from fencing, or even a forgotten maple sugar tap.
     

  10. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    For finishes my friend's is pretty straight forward, black binding with Amber body. For my daughters I was think a worn denim look with white binding and blk,wht,blk pick guard.

    Like this.
    http://rebel-guitars.com/scala-guitars-t-rod-prototype-in-worn-denim/

    It looks like they stained the wood black and then sanded it back. Then stained it blue and sanded back and then shot it with clear. Am I right?
     

  11. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Holy **** did you finish your coffee in the time it took to mill two bodies?
     
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  12. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    I would hate to think what replacement blades for a 36" planer go for.
     
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  13. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    My machine only takes about 15-20 minutes to carve a tele.
     
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  14. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Meister

    Those old boards are some great guitar material, very nice!

    You are right about them being some type of pine, back then we still had stands of virgin timber. Trees you could cut 3"x13"x?' boards from were the norm. I've seen a small stand of virgin old growth pines near Clarion, Pennsylvania that are protected in a state park. It must have been a glorious sight to see such a forest stretching to the horizon! It would be safe to say that your wood came out of the north-east U.S.

    A very nice favor that project manager did you. I worked as a project superintendent for many years and always did my best to steer as much demo material as I could to be recycled. When ever I could, I would give Habitat for Humanity a heads-up and give them a salvage opportunity for their own use or for their ReSale Store.

    Best Regards,
    Geo.
     
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  15. esetter

    esetter Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Those are looking mighty nice already!!
     

  16. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    That's great, did you build it or is it a factory made machine?
    I've seen some plans and builds and it looks like a doable project.
     

  18. cain74

    cain74 TDPRI Member

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    It was a kit from cncrouter parts. Great machine. It as 51"x51" build envelope
     
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  19. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Former Brooklyn kid here:

    Do you know the location of the store?
     

  20. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress Tele-Meister

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    My money says that is long leaf pine.
     

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