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My Tele Project

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by andrewb, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    well i started this a few weeks ago....
    i decided a telecaster is a must in my life and lack of money means i shall build one

    so i went through the timber storage thing in my backyard.... couldnt find any decent wood.....
    so i then looked through the timber storage racks in my garage
    i found a few bits and pieces.....
    i decided to use some old oregan fire place tops.....
    i found that at a demolition a while ago....
    brian may style? :)
    unfortionately i didnt take pictures of them before i planed/sanded/sanded/sanded/glued/glued lol

    here are some pics with the tops glued on.....
    i put them through my circular saw table to get the edges flat and ready for gluing...

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    continued.......
     

  2. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    i then set up my clamps..... and glued them together....
    ofcourse i had a hell of alot more clamps on it... but i did not get a picture of that....

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  3. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    i let it all dry and sit for a few days....
    then got stuck into sanding it all up

    my trusty belt sander
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    resting....
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    checking the top is level....
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  4. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    some more checking....

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    happy with it for now....
    quickly sketched up a tele in pencil on the top to have a look :)

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    centre joint

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  5. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    i got lazy with the back after i snapped a sanding belt...
    will deal with it when i cut the body out...

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    i then went searching through all my parts.....

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  6. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    and theres where i am up to now.....
    searching for a neck
    and some other bits and pieces.....
    but as i said. lack of money lol
    so trying to pickup what i can for the cheapest i can get it....

    not too shure about the hardtail bridge.... would like a tele bridge so i can make it a string through....

    need to get some measurements and stuff too

    any help would be appreciated :)
    tips, tricks, techniques, methods, oppinions are all very welcome :)
     

  7. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    well thanks for all the input LOL! :)

    im about to make an order with guitarfetish.com
    i changed my mind and have decided to go with building an esquire :)
     

  8. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    Albuquerque, USA
    Here's a tip. When routing the body shape always go 'downhill' and make several shallow passes. The diagram below works for both table mounted and handheld routers. I highly recommend using a router table.

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  9. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    thanks for that....
    i have both handheld and table routers....
    not sure which i will use though...
    neck pocket is what im most worried about... only ever routed one before and it wasnt perfect lol
     

  10. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR

    I just do the final pocket depth cut with only about 1/8" cut. The grain run out at the edge of the pocket can 'get ya' if you get greedy. And Sharp bits needless to say.

    I always do the pocket and the PUP route free hand routing, not upside down on the table. ;) Gotta see what is going down. ;)

    You can also shim the bearing or template so the pocket is a little small and do hand work to finish, but that can go wither well as well.

    Do you know what woods you got there ? Watch your weight! :eek:

    Good Luck
     

  11. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    Albuquerque, USA
    Here's how to make a neck pocket template. You can also use the technique to actually rout a neck pocket. This will provide a perfect pocket for the neck you use to make the template.

    ......http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/showgallery.php/cat/576

    The body shape routing is best done on a router table. All cavity routing should be done hand-held. The term 'free hand' is a bit scary...... sounds like you're not using a template.
     

  12. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    yea i did my first handheld.... no templates....
    but back then i was in carpentry courses and had skills :p hahaha

    the wood.... brian may style... old fireplace tops... 100+ year old oregan as far as i know....
    as it is now... it is a decent weight..... you know.. i might weigh it tomorrow if i remember....

    not worried about weight... can always take more off if needed..
    since it is going to be an esquire i dont really want to rout a neck pickup cavity...
    and also i dont think i will go for full depth routs...
    can take more off... cant add it back...

    and i HATE neck dive guitars... so weight in the body is a good thing




    thanks for the template.....
    i will try work it out....


    need another 70bux then i can order my parts and neck...
    GFS necks any good?
     

  13. jrm27

    jrm27 TDPRI Member

    55
    Apr 23, 2008
    Vail, CO
    I just got a mighty mite neck from MJW customs at a good price. I think he is blowing out some of his extra tele necks. Look him up if you aren't adverse to a MM neck.
     

  14. Cyrithicus

    Cyrithicus Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 17, 2006
    Oklahoma
    Nice wood! Pine and mohogany?
     

  15. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    naaa you wont see me touching pine lol....

    oregan

    i have 100 to spend on a neck including shipping to australia...

    also need a set of thos conversion bushings for klusons...
     

  16. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    well... i got bored....
    so i cut the body.....
    my routers are dead (RIP) lol...
    so i did it with a jigsaw and finished it up by hand....

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    here it is with some hardware sitting on it... i still need to find a control plate..
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  17. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    i love this pic
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    and after a bit of sandiing to square up the edges and make it smooth...
    and trust me... it is bloody smooth lol

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  18. dr5euss

    dr5euss TDPRI Member

    Age:
    25
    19
    Aug 26, 2008
    Birmingham, UK
    Hi Andrew,

    Nice work on the body so far, I like the wood sandwich, and the pics with the scratchplate hint of the finished product :D

    Keep at it!
     

  19. Zmatko

    Zmatko Tele-Meister

    Hello Andrew

    As this is my first post i say hi to everybody and the reason why i registered was this sandwich construction that fell into my liking.

    That guitar body is going to fall into the eyes of many players, i am sure.
    I am myself building quite similar bodies all by hand with drilling and planing being the only parts done by machine.
    Enough with that, interesting to see another of these vanilla chocolate-concoctions on the internet.

    I will add a small pic on one of my projects in the rough, it's a strat shape with solid iroko back and 3 piece spruce top.

    Zmat
     

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  20. andrewb

    andrewb Tele-Meister

    349
    Jul 17, 2008
    sydney
    thanks for the kind words guys :)

    it does have a great look to it....
    i like the reference to chocolate LOL

    are you cutting out those bodys by hand?
    thats gotta be a pain in the ass..

    gonna put a hardtail on that strat?
    i have decided i hate tremolos :)

    next i shall build a hardtail strat.... or..... i dont know lol

    i wish i could get this build finished!!!!
    but i cant do anything else untill i find a neck..... :(
     

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