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Pine and "Cedar" Tele - Noob Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by PingGuo, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    here's the router sled I used to flatten the pine...

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  2. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    We cut out the cedar ply... the thought was we'd glue it to the square blank... but since we cut the shape of the cedar so tight it was impossible to align...

    We had to wipe all the glue off and cut the blank.

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  3. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    we drilled holes around the perimeter

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    Then we took it to the jig saw... Man, the deflection was crazy. I'm glad the outline was thick and had plenty of buffer built into it...

    Someday, I'll buy a bandsaw.
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    lol... the pictures make it look like my girlfriend is doing all the work :p
     

  4. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Now the cedar ply has been applied to both sides...

    Should be ready to cut out tomorrow night
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  5. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Looking good!
     
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  6. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    made progress tonight!

    we put a line on the back of the guitar using the template:

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    I tried sanding to it... But I hate sanding:

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    so I put the template back on... We used the superglue and masking tape trick...

    Do any of you do it that way? There's an old Crimson Custom Guitars video that demonstrates it.

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  7. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Then it was router time...

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    We didn't align the template perfectly and this one little spot has a bit of the honeycomb from the drilling on it :(

    I really want a band saw. That would make life much easier.


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    there was a fair bit of router burn. And it was a little fuzzy in some places...

    But I didn't have any issues with tearout. So that's good.
     

  8. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Neck pocket next? or roundover first?
     

  9. Amerman

    Amerman TDPRI Member

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    Do all the routing first, in case you knock the edge of the body. Stop the roundover before you get to the pocket and do the last 1/2" by hand.
     

  10. PingGuo

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    Used a 1/2 roundover bit... oh the humanity...

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    Overall I'm feeling pretty good about how this is going. Lots of mistakes but the next one will be better... and the one after that will be a little better still
     

  11. PingGuo

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    Next step was putting on the neck pocket template...

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    dangit... After we got the template attached I realised I'd lost my fancy, and expensive 1/2" template bit from Stewmac.

    time for a trip to Lowe's... I got one of these. Should do the job I'm guessing:

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  12. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    This is going to be a cool looking guitar. I think I have been talked into a cedar top for my next one.
     

  13. joealso

    joealso Tele-Meister

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    I just lost a couple of cedar trees in the recent storms and I've been wondering what to do with the wood. Hmmm...
     

  14. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Meister

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    Looks great! Here's a couple of cedarcasters I put together.
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  15. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Awesome!

    What did they end up weighing? I'd love to do an all cedar build. That's what I tried on the first guitar I "made."

    I tried to cut out the body with a coping saw... didn't go so well.

     

  16. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Meister

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    Thanks, I've never weighed them. My guess is somewhere around 6 or 7 pounds.
     
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  17. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I'd love to do a featherweight build with cedar. Some of that stuff is so light it almost feels like balsa (hyperbole)

    Did you have problems with chipping? When I was working with it last time I found that it peels and splits in way that are very different from other common guitar woods.

     

  18. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Meister

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    No, but these were cut on a CNC machine that I no longer have access to....:(
     

  19. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    darn.

    I've been thinking about getting a bobscnc but maybe later. I still need to fill out my traditional woodworking tools first. I think a jointer and a band-saw are first on the list.

     
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  20. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    I could imagine. I resawed some boards with a hand saw for a small acoustic guitar. Worked up a sweat and had muscles I rarely use calling to me.
     

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