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Sweet Little Angel

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by BluesBlooded, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Completed the inlays, sanded the radius up to 800grit



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    Had to fix some spots with ebony dust and CA glue
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    It was a real pain in the kisser.

    I think the MOP is very thin at the top of the G.

    All in all, I'm very happy with the result.

    Kudos too all the inlay artist out there. You have all my respect.

    Next step, glue the board to the neck.
     
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  2. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    That is some nice work there Andre , that looks great .
     
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  3. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    That is just awesome. Great job with it!!
     
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  4. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Thank you Herb and Rebel,

    I glued the fretboard, using the locator nails so it won't slip all over the place.

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    Should be able to fret it tomorrow
     
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  5. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    While the glue was drying, I sanded the body to 150 grit

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    The binding in the back is ok. Mainly due to the manual channel. There is some minor gap to fill.

    The front on the other hand is perfect.

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    gap filled with some timbermate

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    Release the neck from the clamps. used the triangle file on each fret.

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  6. s_tones

    s_tones Tele-Holic

    860
    Nov 10, 2013
    central CA
    Excellent!
     
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  7. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Thank you Steve, your guidance helped me a lot for those inlays. I did not get the air tight fit that you get, but this is due to the difference in the tooling size. I see now that the smaller bit you use would give a better fit.

    No matter the tool sizes, I'm sure there is still some manual fitting to be done, specially the tight corners like all your ww inlays. This is intricate work that require a good deal of patience.
     
  8. s_tones

    s_tones Tele-Holic

    860
    Nov 10, 2013
    central CA
    Yes, it's a finicky business for sure. Obviously a trade off on the bit size. smaller you go, the more they are prone to break.
    I've even noticed that the orientation that small parts are cut in can matter. Sometimes just turning the path 90 degrees will improve the fit.
    Whatever the case, WAAAAY better than the jeweler's saw! And honestly on a dark background it's so effective to fill the small gaps that an absolutely perfect fit is not really necessary.
    Looking forward to seeing this baby completed!

    Steve
     
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  9. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Tapped the end of the frets

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    Pressed them in

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    Four of them would not stay down. Had to resort to CA glue

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    Cleaned the excess glue

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    Sanded the frets end. ready for binding.

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    Cut the pickguard out of 1/8 birch ply.

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    And headstock faceplate

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    Started the binding. I will go in steps since I have to cut the corners at angle.

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    Not really sure how the binding will turn out.
     
  10. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Right on BluesBlooded, Its really starting to get there and its really neat .
    Just loving all the neat binding.
     
  11. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Thank you Jeff, It starts to look like a guitar. It's fun to be able to put lots of time on a project like this. You kind of get into a rhythm of progression that is very satisfying.
     
  12. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Been a slow week.

    started with the headstock faceplate top curve

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    Then realized that with the sharp corners I would not be able to glue the binding by layers directly and achieve the proper angle.

    So I laminated some length of bindings. Shielded the wood from the binding with wax paper.

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    Adding one piece per day, I'm almost there.

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    The pickguard only had one sharp corner, so that went faster.

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    All cleaned up and ready for paint.

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    Also bound the neck and started to scrape away.

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  13. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    This is great stuff Andre!
     
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  14. nickhofen

    nickhofen Friend of Leo's

    Most excellent Andre!
     
  15. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    Wow, Andre, everything about this guitar is spectacular. BB is beaming from up in heaven. The Merriest of Christmases to you and your family!!
     
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  16. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Thank you Rob, Richard, Nick and Bill! Merry Christmas to you all and your family as well.

    Spent the afternoon nibling. Still a little bit of work to do. That will wait closer to the finish line.

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  17. s_tones

    s_tones Tele-Holic

    860
    Nov 10, 2013
    central CA
    Nice nibbling! Gave me a sore neck doing that. It's tedious but somehow rather satisfying. And I do like the look.

    Steve
     
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  18. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Steve, you are right, it's tedious but looks great. I'm glad it's almost done.
     
  19. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 9, 2011
    Rochester, NY
    Looking great Andre. I am not a big fan of the nibs but, they do go nicely with ebony.
     
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