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IKEA butcherblock Telecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by snaarplukker, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. snaarplukker

    snaarplukker TDPRI Member

    May 8, 2010
    The Netherlands
    A few months ago I was shopping with my GF in IKEA. She was looking for furniture and I was looking for butcherblocks.;)
    Unfortunaly the block I needed (SPÄR) was sold out a few years ago, so I bought some EXKLUSIV's. Not big anough to make a telebody, so I have to cut and glue to the right size.
    The first I had to do was routing the neckpocket to align the bridgeplate.
    My pressdrill is to small to dril the stringtroughholes, so I have to drill them before I glued the bodyparts.
    A few days later after glueing the parts, I started to route the cavities.
    Meanwhile I've made an MDF routing template for the body contoure.
    Than my stumic say's I'm hungry, so it's time to lunch.

  2. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    That's great!

    I have a big piece of oak countertop in my shed - it's the piece we cut out of the middle of the worktop so the sink could go in. I couldn't bear to throw away something that nice, so it's been sitting there for 2 years.. So I was thinking of making a body or 2 from it.

    Good luck!

  3. snaarplukker

    snaarplukker TDPRI Member

    May 8, 2010
    The Netherlands
    After lunch I started to route the contoure.
    The bit goes through the wood like a knife through butter, so within 5 minutes this was the result.
    Than the job nobody likes, sanding.:(
    First with machinery, but the final tuch should be by hand.;)
    No matter what, but even if you're consentrated on the job, there can appear some accidants like a chip-out. While the clue is drying, I've shaped the headstock of the vintage paddleneck.
    So, that's for now.
    I don't know the max number of pictures in one post.;)

  4. Kennedycaster

    Kennedycaster Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 5, 2009
    Mesa, AZ

  5. SacDAve

    SacDAve Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Rocklin Ca.
    I'll comment on one thing, I'm glad to see someone else start by mounting the neck first, it sure eliminates some problems. Nice guitar.

  6. snaarplukker

    snaarplukker TDPRI Member

    May 8, 2010
    The Netherlands
    After rounding the edges with the router and drilling the wirechannels and output hole, it start to looklike an real guitar.
    Than it was the moment to finishing the body and neck.
    I've used an acrilic based blanc laquer in spraycans.
    It was quick dry, so every 10 minutes I could spray the next layer.
    After a dozen of layers, I could see where I've to get attention for a bit sanding. After spraying 3 cans of 400ml I leave it there.
    After 12 hours from beginning, it was ready to build it up with the hardware.
    And the result after one day labor.

    I was wondering how the guitar sounds, and it didn't disappointed me.

    I would be able to make the neck by myself, but the wood for the neck, fretboard, fretwire and trusrod has costed me 3 times more than a prefab vintage paddleneck from Guitarfetish, the same supplier of the rest of the hardware.

    Sorry about the bad English, it's not my motherlanguage.
    And the bad cellphone pictures.
    In the next post I wil drop some pictures token by my GF's camera.

  7. jnepo1

    jnepo1 Tele-Meister

    May 31, 2010
    Sutton, Ma
    Nice build. What's the weight of the finished guitar?

  8. snaarplukker

    snaarplukker TDPRI Member

    May 8, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Unfortunaly during the soundtest, my belt has marked a dozen of scratches on the back of the body. So, I had to disassambly the guitar to sand and paint it again. After an week, I've polished it with MicroMesh Pads.
    Meanwhile I've add some decals on the body and headstock to looklike an brand guitar. As promished some pictures token with my GF's camera.;)






    Technical information:

    Model: T-style
    Body: Solid laminated birch, 40mm (1.6"), (IKEA Butcherblock EXKLUSIV, 1 1/3 part)
    Neck: Vintage style mapple with heel trussrod adjustment
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Mensure: 25.5", 21 medium nickel silver frets
    Topnut: black graphite
    Bridge: "Modern Style" Tele Bridge Stainless Steel Saddles Gold
    Tuners: Wilkinson EZ-LOK locking Tuners Gold
    Controls: Telecaster Gold control plate vintage Style, 3-way PU-selector, 1 volume control, 1 tone control.
    Electronics: Vintage style circuit with trebble bleed modification.
    Neckpickup: GFS Alnico Tele Pickup GOLD Cover Vintage Wound, 5.4 KOhm.
    Bridgepickup: GFS Hot Lead Alnico Overwound Tele Bridge Pickup, 9.3 KOhm.
    Gauge: D'Addario XL Nickel Wound EXL120, .009/.042.
    Total weight: 3.9 kilo (ca. 8.6 Lb)

  9. H_E_Boy

    H_E_Boy TDPRI Member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colchester, UK
    What a great idea! Nicely executed too :)

  10. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    Beautiful Tele. I use a lot of GFS stuff too. I love their pickups.

  11. tweeddeluxe

    tweeddeluxe Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Nice. With all those checkerboard squares in the body I would expect the sound to be very complex. ;)

  12. ludashoeless

    ludashoeless Tele-Afflicted

    sweet. i like the gold hardware

  13. davmac

    davmac Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 15, 2003
    Wirral, UK
    Beautiful end result. Congrats.

  14. Shifty

    Shifty TDPRI Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    I love the concept! It looks like it came out great too. Nice job :)

  15. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    Very nice, I like the look.

  16. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee

  17. mocata

    mocata TDPRI Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Great looking guitar!

  18. LarsOS

    LarsOS Tele-Holic

    Oct 24, 2011
    I also like the combination of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 and ISO 8601 in the serial number. ;)

  19. DonB52

    DonB52 Tele-Meister

    Jun 26, 2011
    Wenham, MA.

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