COMPLETED - Jacaranda's Black & Blue

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Jacaranda, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Jacaranda

    Jacaranda Tele-Holic

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    My first time entering, so nothing too crazy but it should be a unique looking Tele.

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    Maple Neck w Ebony fret board
    25.5 scale, 12"radius
    FCS Texas Special pups


    It may be black and blue in the end, but that doesn't mean it will be beat up.

    I guess today is for cleaning up the garage and getting all my tools to their proper locations (of course that means I won't know where anything is tomorrow)

    Good luck all!
     
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  2. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    The challenge is one of the best things I ever did. You will have a great time and end up with a cool guitar. Good luck.
     
  3. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh.

    Didn't get the garage cleaned. Oh well...maybe before the next build
     
  4. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

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    And how many of us here say that before every build?

    Remember Black and Blue guitars are cool. Black and blue body parts-not cool.

    Good luck and be safe.
     
  5. Jacaranda

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    Thanks - you too eh


    I'm still deciding whether to use quarter sawn maple of curly maple for my neck. It's not 5A curly, but maybe leaning towards it. We'll see at picture time tomorrow
     
  6. BluesBlooded

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    Hope you go with the curly, should look awesome. Good luck!
     
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    Good luck!
     
  8. Jacaranda

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    proof of start

    And so it begins eh.

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    The big board on top is flame maple for the neck. It should be just enough for a neck (or 4). Thought about the quartersawn, since the front of the headstock will be covered with some ash veneer I'll make from the body scraps.

    The curly ash for the body is very interesting. Traditional Ash grain, but with a bit of flame mixed in. Hopefully it will look good and not too busy.
    I'll be using a ebony color grain filler and staining the body blue.

    And lastly an little slab of nicely dark and even Ebony that needs some planning and radiusing.

    All black hardware on this one to match the ebony, and some abalone dot inlays that I think will match up well too.



    I'll be taking pics of everything, and checking out the rest of the threads. Good luck all - Be safe - Have fun!
     
  9. DrASATele

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    Nice wood Good luck!
     
  10. Jacaranda

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    Thanks - hope it turns out well
     
  11. Jacaranda

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    squaring it up

    Ok so started the morning on the ash that I thought was pretty squared up already, but it needed some attention.


    Here's the ash with a little naptha to get an idea how the flame is going to show with the standard ash grain..I like it:

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    I have no table saw so it's time to tape the bottom of the circular saw so I don't add any un-needed marks.

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    Circular saw worked hard to get through that 2" but better than I working that hard with a handsaw

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    This is not square:

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    And letting the sun shine through is no good either:

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    So running through the thickness planer and first time using my router table as a jointer. I think it works out very well. The Jet planer/Jointer is a pain to go back and forth with the settings so I think I'll leave it for just thickness planer and do the jointing on the router table.

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    Glued it up. I should have cleaned some of the glue, but hey - don't we all forget to wipe sometime?
     
  12. nickhofen

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    Good luck and have fun.
     
  13. BluesBlooded

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    Nice looking ash!
     
  14. Jacaranda

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    Thanks folks.

    About to declamp the body - sounds morbid some how.


    Then get the necl and body cut out. Maybe get to planing down the ebony.

    Can daylight savings time get here any quicker? I need me some extra sun after work eh
     
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    I've always hated the switch to DST, but now I'm sort of wishing we had it here in Japan for that same reason. :lol:
     
  16. Jacaranda

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    I wish we would just stick to one or another, but this year my wife and I are totally reworking our back yard which = not a lot of free time for guitars. I snuck in the body glue up yesterday while she was at Home Depot. So any extra daylight after work this month and next will be severely taken advantage of :)
     
  17. kissTheApex

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    Great tip with the taped up circular saw. I don't have a table saw either so I'm sure I'll end up using it soon.
     
  18. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh- I find any little bit to keep the wood from needing attention later is a big time saver. I finally got a decent mat to put down on my common work area to avoid all the little dents and dings it can get.
     
  19. Jacaranda

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    More stuff. For the amount I spend at some of these places, you'd think they give ya a discount from time to time, or at least a Tshirt that I could use as a shop rag.
     

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    Trying to decide how I want the body shape to show the best grain.

    Then roughing it out.
     

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