COMPLETED - Jacaranda's Black & Blue

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

  1. Jacaranda

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    I cut a 2nd piece the same way to see what it would look like for the neck pickup mounting ring instead of the black one I have:

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  2. Jacaranda

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    I've never made my own veneer before, but hey, my wife loves it when I do the cooking. Mmmmmmmm....steamed Ash:

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    Clamps, clamps, clamps - I used my spindle sander drum for the curve. Had to work quick to get them clamped down - Hopefully it will look ok in the morning:

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    And on to the neck pickup ring:

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    Not too bad. I'll see what it looks like stained and compare if I'm going to use this one or the black one:

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  3. Shinigami

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    Excellent job and the figure of the ash body is really nice ;)

    I'm planning to use curly ash for my next project but since it needs pore filling and due to my idea of getting a Caribbean burst finish I guess it may not be the proper choice of wood...

    In your experience would it be possible to use water based dyes on ash before grain filling and getting a good result?

    Thanks and look forward to see the progresses of your project :D
     
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    Tight! Build's lookin :cool: man!
     
  5. Jacaranda

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    Thanks.
    I think it may be tough to dye it before the grain filler. The grain filler needs to be sanded flush so you may end up sanding through the color easily. Best bet is to test on some scrap and see what works for ya.

    Thanks eh
     
  6. Jacaranda

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    Took the clamps off of the veneer, and looks pretty good.
    Cut the majority of it off and sanded down the rest:

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  7. Jacaranda

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    Neck carving time - always rewarding:

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  8. Jacaranda

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    Drilling out for the Abalone inlays and then sanding them flush with the radius beam:

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  9. Jacaranda

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    Gotta redrill out the tuner holes:

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    Fretting it up:

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    Cleaning out the nut slot:

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    Putting a bevel on the frets:

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  10. barbrainy

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    I love how you've done your elbow contour, curved like that. I may well steal that for my contour!

    Good recovery on the truss rod access mistake. The veneer looks good, too.

    Also, blimey, you are just flying through this! You're almost ready to put some finish on......you know you've still got nearly 7 weeks left, don't you?
     
  11. jim the plumber

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    lookin good
     
  12. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh
     
  13. Jacaranda

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    And before I finished for the day I figured I would test the ebony grain filler on scrap and then a bit of the blue:

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    Whatcha think?

    I think I'm going to test again, but stain it black first, sand it back, then the blue to see if I can get the flame to pop a bit more.


    I still have lots of finish sanding to do but was just curious to see how the blue takes on the ash.
     
  14. Jacaranda

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    Made my last order of stuff.
    - Bridge screws (sucked that I broke one when locating the string through holes, but successfully got the broken one out)
    - New black pickup cover for the neck PUP - The one I have is scratched
    - Clear coat

    I think that should be the last stuff I need to buy........Hopefully
     
  15. barbrainy

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    That's it. You've tempted fate.
     
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    Indeed. Let's hope if I need anything else that there is time.


    I'd like the grain to be darker, and the blue to be lighter so I think after the grain fill/sand, I will stain black not only to pop the flame, but to stain the filler. Then try a more dilluted blue after a good sanding. Should be interesting. Hopefully the rain stops and I can finish up the body sanding tonight.
     
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    It's looking great. You made that neck build look super easy! Nice job.

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  18. jimdkc

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    I think your wood pickup ring would look better if you round off or bevel the outer edges.
     
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    Thanks.
    I love making the necks - I always try to copy the profile of my '83 strat.

    I'm definatley going to round it over, I just made it on a whim - haven't finish sanded it down yet so I agree 100%

    I may possibly, maybe, who knows, make the control cover too - I need to see if the scraps I have left are big enough - but i think it may look better black.
     
  20. Jacaranda

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    A couple of dings to steam out:

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    And then the dreaded grain filler:

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    Very messy to sand this stuff off eh.

    And now some black stain:

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    Maybe tomorrow I will sand down the high spots and start on the color - we'll see.

    What I really like is now you can start to see the flame in this ash. I love seeing the flame wrap around from the top to back.
     
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