COMPLETED - Jacaranda's Black & Blue

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

  1. Jacaranda

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    Sanding close to the edge.

    Routing it to shape.

    And a 1/2 roundover for starters. I may round it a bit more by hand. Comfort is the goal.
     

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  2. Jacaranda

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    I'm digging the back...except the little knot down the bottom. I'll have to fill that in, but shouldn't look too bad.

    I'm digging the front....I think the stain is going to look pretty good on this one.
     

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  3. lbridenstine

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    That looks great!
     
  4. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh. Really looking forward to applying the stain.
     
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    Nice grain, should look fantastic stained.
     
  6. Jacaranda

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    Thanks - I hope so.


    I do have to say this is the heaviest piece of ash I have ever used. I think I'm gonna need to take some more wood off this thing from somewhere. It's like 10 lbs
     
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    Hurry up 5 o clock - I needs to get home and start working on this thing
     
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    +1. Great start, man!
     
  9. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh!
     
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    I wanted to do more tonight, but my wife rented a movie, and the safe thing is to not spend all my time in the garage :)

    So all I got done is making a quick truss rod routing jig to fit this router. I used to use the Dremmel Trio for the truss rod channel which works pretty good, but figured I'd use this one this time. After the movie I think I'll sneak in the marking of the channel on the neck. It's going to have a headstock access.
     

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    How can you watch a movie when you have such a great tele on the table? That looks great!!
     
  12. Jacaranda

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    A happy wife helps let me have time for the guitar later :)
     
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    Yeah, that back looks nice. But so does the front! They both look great, even more so for a 2 piece, you've done a really good job there.
     
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    Thanks eh
     
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    So I'm measuring this and that and really get thinking about the weight of this thing.

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    I took it to the scale and it is 7.6 lbs.
    Yup, that's right 7.6 for a body with no neck or hardware and it's Ash.

    Now I know some ash is lighter than others, but this is very heavy for ash.
    I've never used Curly Ash before and wonder if that has something to do with it, or maybe it is not ash? My moisture meter reads 7% so it isn't moisture. It feels like a block of hard maple.

    Any thoughts?
     
  16. Jacaranda

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    I did just order a 13" planer with the nice 2 day amazon free shipping. gonna shave a little off the top and bottom. maybe do the pup and control cavities a bit deeper and was/am planning on carving more curves in it, so hopefully I can get it down to a svelt 6lbs
     
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    Slice the back off, hollow it out, and glue the back on again.
     
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    hmmm...I don't have a band saw good enough to resaw it, and I really do like the body as it stands, so I don't think I can chamber it without wrecking it. I don't mind it a bit heavy, but was more curious to see if anyone has had this heavy of a piece of ash or if curly ash id supposed to be this heavy.

    whatever the result - this is gonna be a very pretty, comfy , heavy guitar
     
  19. Jacaranda

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    The MOST comfy tele I ever played at the least
     
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    The piece of ash I'm using is also quite heavy. I haven't cut out the body yet, but it is 3.35 lbs per board foot, which will make about 6 lbs. when cut. i've read really light weight ash would be somewhere around 2 - 2.5 lbs per bft.
     
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