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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-Meister Ad Free Member

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    making progress!

    I slotted the fret board using the router... Should have made a jig to make it stupid proof. but it went well enough.

    the backup fret-board had been used for some dye testing. and made a great indicator for how the radius work was going.

    I did the radius by hand... that was the worst. I wont be doing that again.

    I'll take the fret board out of its clamps tonight. And do the flush trim tomorrow. I need to figure out some side dots next. Face is staying dot free.

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  2. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    more progress!

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  3. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Side dots done!

    It was a mess :(

    they're super goofy. next time I'll make a jig for it.

    oh well.

    What do you think of the glitter and epoxy? Hopefully it sands up nicely.

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  4. zorgzorg2

    zorgzorg2 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    That looks great! Don't worry about that epoxy excess, it will disappear with a little sanding.
     

  5. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I got most of that sanded off last night.

    The real problem is that the dots are not consistent enough. I'll have to build a jig or figure out a way to make the next one better.

    This guitar kinda looks like a wiggling snake.

     

  6. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Drill your holes when the wood is a rectangle with a smooth edge against the fence of a drill press.
     
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  7. brownale99

    brownale99 TDPRI Member

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    If you don't have a drill press I found drilling the fret markers not too bad as long as you use a bradawl to mark the centres and a brad point bit to drill the holes. Just put a piece of tape around the drill bit to the depth needed.
     
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    LocoTex Tele-Holic

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  9. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Thanks. That's how I'll do it next time.

    There's nothing like learning by making mistakes :)
     
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  10. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    To me, it makes so much sense to rout a truss rod slot and drill dot holes before a rectangular wood gets cut into a different shape.
     
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  11. PingGuo

    PingGuo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    You're very right!

    I have one more neck blank that's glued up already with a headstock wing but no truss rod route. That'll be the last one I do like that for sure.

    As for the fingerboard. I'll probably do the dots before I glue it on to the neck, like you mentioned, next time.

    The build continues! This one is getting completed regardless of flaws so I can move on to the next one... and hopefully do better next time :)

    Thank you for all the tips and suggestions. I've appreciated them.
     

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