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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by YALCaster, May 10, 2018.
My dragon rasp makes quick work of these jobs, but the trouble is making it flat afterwards.
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)
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.
That is one great looking guitar!
Cute dog too. Love the red scarf.
Here’s the template set for anyone interested
Chisel, then rasp, then sandpaper. Nuthin to it.....Bing,bang,boom.
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
Another question, do I round the edges with a router bit before or after I do the contours?
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.
That makes sense. Thank you!
Dammit this was gonna be MY next build. Where did you get these?
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!
As I said - rasp and sandpaper. I did use my largest round over bit on most of the body first though. 3/8ths I think.
Please note - I wasn't going for major contours on the bc or forearm. Just what felt good to me.
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....
Now that's a nice piece of wood Trev!!!
Ta.... it came from a Pine corner benchtop I got at the scrap yard cheap.....hard as hell, yet light..... good wood indeed....
Nice wood and great technique Trev!
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.......