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First post and first scratch build.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by 1bad914, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Meister

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    I will take more pictures of the other template tomorrow. Fun so far.
     

  2. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

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    If you can make copies of those so you'll always have masters. Just in case...
     

  3. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Meister

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    I guess I should explain the strat template on a tele forum. I built the strat template first as a test. The tele template and eventual build are the end goal. So since the end state is a tele build! Works for me.
     

  4. 1bad914

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    Thanks for the advice, I will make copies of both.
     

  5. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Looking good so far! Keep it going.
     

  6. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Meister

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    I decided to cut the block of African Mahogany down to a more manageable size and made the router planing sled. I will plane it tomorrow. I made a couple of test runs and it worked well.
     

  7. Macrogats

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    That's a very cool router planing sled. I need to rig one up myself, and this design should work perfectly on top of my old table saw stand.
     

  8. 1bad914

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    After 3 full passes. Worked well.
     

  9. 1bad914

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    The lines are machine marks. Can barely feel them. A pass of 80 grit will clear them up. I will flip it over and do the other side next. This wood was 2 1/8 inches this. I have some work to do.
     
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  10. Daniel94

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    Just saw this thread, lookin good! I'll be following!
     

  11. 1bad914

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    Done. The sled worked well. The only thing I might change is to make the side rails from a hardwood instead of MDF. This is after a quick 5 minutes sanding with 80 grit. Exactly 1.75 thick now.
     

  12. 1bad914

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    The other interesting thing about the sled was the depth of the cut. Most of the references I found said to take paper thin cuts and make many cuts. I started that way then kept trying more. The last cut I made was a touch over 1/8 inch. I just took my time and it worked great.
     
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  13. 1bad914

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    I need to take pictures of the tele template I built and put them on. Now that the blank is ready I should be moving quickly now. I hope.
     
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  14. 1bad914

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    I finally took a picture of the tele template. I still need to cut the neck pocket out. Will do that soon. The will rough cut the body.
     
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  15. Daniel94

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    I would leave the neck pocket on there like it is and rough cut and shape the body, then make a separate neck pocket template to rout the pocket.
     
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  16. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Howdy, great concept!
    I'll be watching.
     

  17. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Meister

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    @Daniel94 I did that for my strat template. I will most likely do the same for this. I did not cut the horns, I went straight up. Thx for the reminder though.
     
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  18. 1bad914

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    Decided to rough cut the body and start the routing. Not super happy with it, but nothing that some sanding won't fix.
     

  19. 1bad914

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    You like my bench? I have a wonderful shop in the basement, but no dust collection system so the deck works great and is easy to clean up.
     

  20. coonhollow greg

    coonhollow greg TDPRI Member Platinum Supporter

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    Are you taking all of that off in one pass? I think you would be happier with the results doing it a little at a time. I like to sand to about 1/16" from the line, then router the rest.
     

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