Rosewood "Harrison" build

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  1. Marc Rutters

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    I have acquired a large chunk of Indian Rosewood that's screaming "Harrison" what else would you do with a chunk this nice, and expensive as well. I intend to show my particular building process some straight forward and some non orthodox but it works for me so here we go.

    This is the block as I found it at the supplier, this stuff has become quite rare these days so there was no hesitation grabbing this one although the wallet gave some resistance.

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  2. Marc Rutters

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    Now a bit of planing to see what we have. Looks pretty good to me.

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    After the planing some end checking became obvious so trimming was necessary to get to a clean starting point. I trim a little at a time until there is no more checking noticeable.

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    What does it feel like to saw such a huge chunk of RW?
     
  5. Marc Rutters

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    Next I cut the block to length and realized there was some extra width so I cut a couple fretboards for future projects. This board is 2 1/2" thick by 7 7/8" wide so plenty room to trim some fretboards off the width, Being this will be a bookmatch top and back on the body all I need is just under 7" width, this will make sense later on.

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    That is just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing also.
     
  7. Marc Rutters

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    Last for today the block into top and back blocks. Now I have 2 ea. 2 1/2"x 7"x 16 3/4" blocks. This stuff is HEAVY 8 1/4 lbs per block.

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    Heya Jupiter, I tried not to think to hard while cutting it so I didn't choke it's not like I can run down and get another one.
     
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    SWEET ! I'll be watching this , good to see you building Marc :)
     
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    So, is the neck going to made from the same chunk? Or just the fretboard? Is this going to get hollowed out to reduce weight? So many questions.

    BTW: It's great that you have started a build thread. I hope you will use some of your Vintage hardware.
     
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    Nifty; thanks for sharing! I'll be watching this with interest.
     
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    That's my dream build. Been looking for a nice piece like that for years. That must have cost close to $500.
     
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    Love the Harrison rosewood Tele! Looking forward to watching this one take shape!
     
  14. Marc Rutters

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    Thank you Herb!
     
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    Hey there Mark, The neck is going to be a separate board, I landed a nice quatersawn same source as the big block and most likely a 1 piece. Weight is defiantly an issue the original "Harrison" was solid and must have weighed a ton. I did the calculations for the weight to get the board foot weight and it's 4 lbs a board foot so the body alone would weigh 7 1/2 lbs add the 3+ lbs for hardware and neck and you got an almost 11 lb Tele, this is out of the question so a chambered body is the route to go you'll get to see how I do this. There is going to be the thin Maple center so this will be fun. the final weight we'll see I don't have the clac for my chambered body so this one will tell. Hardware of course will be as much of my own as possible including a new bridge y'all aint seen yet.
     
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    Hey there Shepherd, I been looking for quite a while as well its been a looong time sense anything this size has been available round here. You nailed it on the head 500.00 good guess. The supplier I found this at normally has loads of exotics at stupid high prices and mostly B- grade stuff, I stop by there about once a year guess this was my day.
     
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    You found a very nice board, this is going to look great.
     
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    Cool!

    What do the chambers look like in the Fender RWs? And does the maple span the chambers?

    Is it just attacked with a big forstner bit? Or is it more like a thinline?

    $500 ... I'd be freakin out about a tearout! :D
     
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    Suscribed! That's an incredible piece of wood! Can't wait to see a guitar come out from there!
     
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    Marc you've shown extremely good taste. Hope it all works out for you.
     
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