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Show your natural finish Teles

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by lineboat, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    I'm in the process of building one; please show what you've got and how you finished it....

  2. gigs

    gigs TDPRI Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    pittsburgh, pa
    One piece pine body (from stew-mac). One piece maple neck (from Warmoth).

    Body Finish:
    - lots of sanding, starting with 150 grit... all the way to 600 grit
    - 3 coats of Ipswich pine stain (Minwax)
    - more sanding, 1500 grit... then 0000 steel wool
    - about 10 coats boiled linseed oil
    - light 0000 steel wool sanding

    Neck Finish:
    - 0000 steel wool sanding
    - 5 coats spray on poly (satin, Minwax)
    - 0000 steel wool sanding

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  3. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    Those look great! I like that body pile for sure!

  4. Ducksteino

    Ducksteino TDPRI Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    WOW, Ol' Man, those are stunning!

  5. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    I'm liking that knotty pine body too.... May have to add that to the wish list!

  6. ryandnicholson

    ryandnicholson TDPRI Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Here are my two

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  7. ryandnicholson

    ryandnicholson TDPRI Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Sorry not sure how my dog got input haha

  8. Fenderflame

    Fenderflame Tele-Holic

    Aug 2, 2013
    Mid Sussex, UK
    Here's mine.


    6 coats of nitrocellulose with very fine sanding in between. After that I applied liberal coats of sweat and beer over many months.

  9. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    My main player for the last few years has been one I built using an Oregon Pine rafter from the scrap yard.. finished with Danish oil.... and a MMite neck..

    Full Moon over the Tele sea.. all clear, no sign of wooden ships...:lol:

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  10. Strat62

    Strat62 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2008
    Cambridge Vt.
    Tele Deluxe clone, B Hefner alder body with many coats of Minwax clear-gives it an amber tint, Tele-style Hemlockcaster; 150yr old wood, same finish, Tele-style Pinecaster; 100yr old wood, dark walnut stain, Minwax clear. Mahogany Strat, straight Minwax clear.

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  11. dbickford

    dbickford Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 24, 2012
    Morgan, Vermont
    This first is a one piece spruce body finished with 8 coa

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  12. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    My modded hardtail zebrano strat.

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  13. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Meister

    Jan 26, 2011
    Cedar partscasters finished in boiled linseed oil

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  14. A.B.Negative

    A.B.Negative Friend of Leo's

    Aug 26, 2008
    This is my current project - it has a swamp ash body with 6 or 7 coats of Tru Oil.


  15. Bendyha

    Bendyha Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    Northern Germany
    swam pash 'n oil

    Light weight swamp ash, sanded from 100 in 4 steps down to 600. High pressure air blasting to get the dust out of the pores. Hot water wash,and up into air tight Ultra-Violet light / fumigation box for first nitrate, and then ammonia neutralization gassing. Three days bright sunshine to dry and stop smelling of cat piss, then daily thin rubbed in coats of raw tung oil, with sunshine curing until the surface is fully sealed - about four.

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  16. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

    Apr 12, 2012
    Mechanicsville, VA
    My home brew '52 Hot Rod finished by a friend of mine that I acquired the body from. As far as I know, he finished this ash body with tung oil. I had the body swimming pooled under the pickguard for weight relief.


  17. john kleeman

    john kleeman Tele-Holic

    Jun 16, 2010
    Portland, Or.
    Oregon Pine? Is that the same as Douglas Fir? Looks like it from here. Nicely done!

  18. voodoostation

    voodoostation Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2007
    Midlothian, Va
    Cedar and Howard's Feed 'n' Wax:


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