COMPLETED - Jacaranda's Black & Blue

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

  1. Jupiter

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be able to do it either--no bandsaw at all. :neutral: I'm wanting lighter guitars these days, so if it were me, I'd probably hollow it out and put a cap on the back. But it looks like nice wood, and if you are okay with the weight, then go for it! :)
     
  2. barbrainy

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    I win! My ash body, though it hasn't had the edges done/rounded over etc, weighs 9lbs!
     
  3. dbickford

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    Nice looking Ash grain! I loves me a Tele with the round over. A little heavy. You could shave quite a bit more weight with some contouring. I bet a tummy and forearm cut would do wonders. Also if you plan on a pickguard, you could do some Smuggler routing underneath.
     
  4. Jacaranda

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    Yikes - that is heavy
     
  5. Jacaranda

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    I had planned on the arm and belly cuts, so that should help a bit. No pickguard for this one - want to see as much grain as I can :)
     
  6. Jacaranda

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    So here we are with flattening the fretboard, routing the truss channel, radiusing the fretboard, slotting for frets and all that stuff.
     

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  7. Jacaranda

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    Ugh and a stupid mistake for me. Typically I thin the headstock before gluing the headstock, and then drill the truss rod access. OOOPS I forgot to do that, so my truss rod is installed, fretboard glued in and no access.


    I'll figure it out :)
     

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    Hey, there's already a few others in the Stupid Mistake Club. I founded it on Day One! Well, technically, before Day One.....:oops:


    But so far, my stupid mistake has not actually been a significant problem, I'm sure you will sort yours out easily too.
     
  9. Jacaranda

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    Got mine straighten out, pics to follow - hope yours wasn't too bad either!
     
  10. Jacaranda

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    So I got a decent amount done in the last couple of days.

    Starting with removing the extra ebony:

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    Routing the edge to shape:

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    A really nice clean glue joint between the board and the neck:

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  11. Jacaranda

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    Now since I forgot to drill access to the truss rod, I'm having to thickness the headstock and then drill for access after the fact that the fretboard is on which is the opposite of what I would have done.

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    Still needs final sanding but I think the transition looks pretty good:

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  12. Jacaranda

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    Oh and lucky me - guess what arrived yesterday?
    A nice new Drill Press and a nice new 13" Planer. Sometimes it's nice to treat my self to some new stuff.

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    Next on the list is a good band saw.
     
  13. Jacaranda

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    Measured up for the Sperzels and drilling them out:

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    I like to rout out the neck pocket first, before routing the rest of the cavities, in case I need to align the bridge a bit to be sure the center is right on:

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  14. Jacaranda

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    I also took about 1/4 inch off the top of the guitar with the thickness plane to take some weight off. This 'sharpened up' some of the round over I've done, but I will get back to the heavier round over and curve it up some more a bit later:

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  15. Jacaranda

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    Now to check my center line from the body to the neck, I use a cheap laser line thingy. It's hard to see in the daylight, and also because the neck is proud of the body, but if you hold up a scrap of paper, you can clearly see where the laser line is. With the neck on, I did have to move the bridge just a hair over to get it perfectly lined up.

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    Now to put the new drill press to use and then be done with the router:

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  16. Jacaranda

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    It's been a long time since I broke a screw off while tighten it, but while temporarily mounting the bride to the string hole locations.....bang - first one breaks off. Never a good thing.

    There was just enough proud of the body to grip with lineman's pliers:

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    and it could have been a much bigger pain to get it out, but got lucky - this one came out very easy:

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  17. Jacaranda

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    My previous drill press could not reach this area, I had always used my hand drill for this instead, so this was very nice to have the right tool this time.

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    Jack and wiring holes drilled. After the neck pup mounting holes and neck strap holes then the body is all done being drilled, routed and cut. Although there is quite a bit of shaping and sanding to be done.

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  18. Jacaranda

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    Long update eh. So that's where I stand this Sun morning. Still need to carve the neck, frets, dots, Shape the body etc etc. Hopefully I'll get some more done after working on my yard :)
     
  19. Jacaranda

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    Got a little bit done today

    I figured I would see if I can make some veneer for the headstock from the leftover body
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    I had one scrap piece big enough for the headstock:

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  20. Jacaranda

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    Did my best at a resaw with my flimsy blade:

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    Got a piece about 3/8ths and double side taped it to a flat piece of scrap, then through the planer:

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    Very carefully removing the piece from the tape:

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    Got it about 2mm thick and a little over 15mm on the headstock:

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