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Help with contours

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by YALCaster, May 10, 2018.

  1. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    My dragon rasp makes quick work of these jobs, but the trouble is making it flat afterwards.
     

  2. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

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    I take a slightly different approach than most. I draw out my contours on the body and then put the body in my thickness router jig. then I freehand rout the contours in steps matching up to the contrours I drew on.
    Gets the bulk of the material removed rather quickly and accurately.
    Then you just kinda "connect the dots" with a rasp, sand to 80 then 120 grit (I leave the finer sanding for right before finishing)
     

  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    For the arm carve, I like to use my hinge box. A little trigonometry and some simple layout, then go at it. It makes the work fast.
     

  4. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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  5. YALCaster

    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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    Here’s the template set for anyone interested

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  6. jimgchord

    jimgchord Tele-Meister

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    Chisel, then rasp, then sandpaper. Nuthin to it.....Bing,bang,boom.
     

  7. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    You can rasp the whole thing in minutes if you use a Farrier's Rasp, then just clean it up with a standard rasp and sandpaper. A shinto rasp is pretty good but still takes a while
     

  8. YALCaster

    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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    Another question, do I round the edges with a router bit before or after I do the contours?
     

  9. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I do as much as I can with a router bit and then do the contour roundovers by hand with a file and abrasive. For the contour roundovers, I put two lines around the edges with a pencil to denote the starting and stopping points of the curve. Then I will file a 45 degree angle there as a primary facet, and then round that into the roundover.
     

  10. YALCaster

    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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    That makes sense. Thank you!
     

  11. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Dammit this was gonna be MY next build. Where did you get these?
     

  12. Wallaby

    Wallaby TDPRI Member

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    Being a hand-tool kind of guy, I would use a rasp and an inshave or a spokeshave.

    It's surprising how much material a good French rasp removes, and quickly!
     
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  13. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    As I said - rasp and sandpaper. :D I did use my largest round over bit on most of the body first though. 3/8ths I think.

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    Please note - I wasn't going for major contours on the bc or forearm. Just what felt good to me.
     

  14. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    I've only done one.. on a lefty build....

    I marked the back radius trying a few different dinner plates for size.....penciled in the edge line, connected the lines with a saw, chiseled/knocked out the pieces then finished with a 4" flap grinder/rasp/sanding blocks...

    came up OK....:)

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  15. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    Now that's a nice piece of wood Trev!!!
     
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  16. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Ta.... it came from a Pine corner benchtop I got at the scrap yard cheap.....hard as hell, yet light..... good wood indeed....:)

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  17. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice wood and great technique Trev!
     

  18. crazy_aussie

    crazy_aussie Tele-Meister

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    Mar 9, 2011
    Adelaide
    I've done a couple - 1 on a Tele and 1 on a Jazzmaster. Used the same technique for both. Marked it out on the body with a pencil then used the trust ROSS to get the shape I wanted. Quick and easy.......:D
     

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