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Building a guitar. . . . Hummmm...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ronkirn, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    I can’t think of a better place to share the build process…

    This is day one……

    In the beginning……
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    a few passes through a planer…..

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    and a tracing of the body…. I know this it tough stuff…. Y’all takin’ notes I hope….

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    and a date with the band saw…..

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    more to come……
     
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  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Since the object is to remove anything that doesn’t look like a guitar….

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    and none of this looked much like the Tele either…

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    Now through a panel sander to insure perfectly flat and parallel surfaces.

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    retrace the body’s outline and mark the center at both ends….

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  3. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Now, since we want a wild flame Maple top, find a nicely figured book match set of Maple Veneer.

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    Check the mating edges for a perfect match, if there are any nicks, there always are, you will need to remove ‘em

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    What I do is sandwich the sheets between two scraps of Corian I have prepared a perfectly straight and smooth edge. . . and clamp it securely. . .

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    using a router with a pattern tracing bearing cut a sharp crisp edge..

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  4. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Once the edges are prepped, match the grain and tape the 2 pieces together, as you are applying the tape, press the 2 edges together to get a nice tight seam. . .

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    Using the tools of choice, rough out the veneer top. . .

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    OH…. At this point get all the paraphernalia necessary to clamp the body and veneer. There are a number of ways to do this, this is simply the method I use, using stuff about any good shop will have available.
     

  5. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    I apply glue to both the body and the back side of the veneer, using good ‘ol yellow carpenter’s glue and a paint roller to make sure I have a smooth consistent film of glue on both surfaces.

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    once we're at this point, I place the veneer on the body using the center marks to align with the center seam in the veneer… then I use a back piece to protect the body from the pressure of the clamps. On the top, I place a film of mylar from a new trash bag, then a pad of a soft material, I use one of those “so slip” work bench pads, then a cap of particle board, and a clamp or two to hold it all secure.

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    When you apply pressure, the veneer may try to slip off center, so check, check, and check again. Not a lot of clamp pressure is required because the soft pad compresses and supplies a pretty even pressure across the surface.

    At this point, I’ll sit it aside for a day to dry thoroughly. Since I’ll be tied up Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be later this week before I attack the poor little hunk of wood again…

    Ron Kirn
     
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  6. MulliganChebichev

    MulliganChebichev Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 13, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    Wow, all that in one day? This is going to be another fun thread to watch!
    Keep up the good work!
     

  7. need2retire

    need2retire Tele-Meister

    272
    Sep 30, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Thanks Ron!!! I will be following this thread.

    This is getting dangerous for me. I've been spending a lot of time on tdpri and not on my work. I'm having fun though.
     

  8. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    A bad day on the TDPRI (if possible) is better than a good day at work... well unless your work is standing knee deep in wood shavings that didn't look like a Tele..

    Ron Kirn
     

  9. milkshape

    milkshape Tele-Holic

    652
    Nov 16, 2006
    New England
    Lookin' great RK,
    Is it gonna get a binding? Curious to see how the veneer joint will be hidden, or is the veneer just too thin to worry about it? All in good time I imagine.

    Thanks for sharing,
     

  10. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks for sharing this Ron. It's an absolute pleasure to see how you work...

    Cheers!
     

  11. aznrambo481

    aznrambo481 Friend of Leo's

    that's cool! I'll be following this for sure.
     

  12. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yep.. . Binding.... it'll be a honey brown 'burst and a dark brown transparent finish on the back of the one piece Mahogany body.

    Ron Kirn
     

  13. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA
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    Oooo! I get to see how somebody else does binding!

    Looks like Brock has something to look forward to.
     

  14. Wild Rice Chris

    Wild Rice Chris Friend of Leo's

    Hey Ron, are you a tape or rubber band binding guy?

    Looks nice, even if it is veneer. ;]
     

  15. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Will be following this too, Ron. Great stuff.

    Have you ever used a vacuum bagging technique to glue a veneer?
     

  16. ehawley

    ehawley Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 16, 2005
    Keyport, New Jersey
    You'll have to show him how to glue his fingers together!!;)
    Looking good Ron...can't wait!
    ED
     

  17. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Typically, tape, but whatever is at hand. I'm a "make it up as you go" kinda guy. I don't encounter "problems" as I proceed through a project, just new opportunities to learn. That's what makes this so dawggone fun.

    rk

    [webmaster edit] I asked Ron to remove a few commercial references in this post. Now, back to the build.[edit]
     
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  18. Spidercaster

    Spidercaster Tele-Afflicted

    May 11, 2005
    New York
    Very cool! Thanks for sharing Ron.
     

  19. Atrox

    Atrox Tele-Meister

    125
    Aug 19, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Subscribed! Looking forward to this build.

    Binding.. the butterfly of guitar building. Starts off ugly... ends up beautiful.
     
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  20. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    A craftsman and a comedian.. I like it! Hee Hee!!

    (Power's definitely off at my place!)

    Cheers!
     

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