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That's it; I want a piney!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Telemaestro, May 12, 2017.

  1. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    Okay... back at it!

    I started sanding the body. I'll do 120, 180, and 220. So far I've done the 120 and 180, I'll do the final 220 right before I'm ready to spray, so that way any minor scratches or scuffs will be removed right before finishing.

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    I found a dent...

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    So I steamed it with a wet rag, and an iron.

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    After steaming the dent is just about gone, a bit of discoloration there from the fibers having been compressed, but after a bit of sanding, it will be good as new.

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    I have a few necks in the works right now... 16 to be exact.

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    Put some double sided tape on the back of my maple neck blank.

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    And stuck it to the bed of the CNC router.

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    Routed the headstock area to rough thickness.

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    Cut the tuner holes, and the profile, but .02" heavy on all sides.

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    You can see that the tuner holes are stepped, so part of the holes that comes through the back is sized to fit the post of the tuner, and the part that comes through on the face of the headstock is sized larger to fit the bushing that will be pressed in.

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    Tomorrow, I'm hoping to get the channel cut in the neck, and the carbon fiber rod installed. Stay tuned!


    -Austin
     
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  2. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Tele-Holic

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    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    OK....gotta ask...if you cut down the tree for your twelfth one, how did you get the wood dried enough to use? Kiln dry, air dry, microwave...? Thanks....
     

  3. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    It was dead standing when I bought the house in 2011.

    EDIT: So I was like, I just gotta make a one piece outta that. I have a second billet I milled to 13/4, a major chunk.
    Thinking a hollowed out gypsy git for my nephew...

    So by the next year after I cut it down it was 11%, and single digits 2013. It has a lot of crazy glue in it though. ;)

    Obligatory Thumbnail pic provided.


     

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  4. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Meister

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    Auckland, New Zealand
    16 necks!!! :eek:

     
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  5. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    What do you think? 15 too many? ;)
     

  6. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    Technically speaking you can air dry in the rafters of a garage any it takes roughly a year.

    Father in law built his house using air dried lumber. And yes...it hasn't collapsed.
     
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  7. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    11-12 maybe... o_O
     

  8. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic Ad Free + Supporter

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    Jun 17, 2008
    omaha
    great pictures,nice shop...sweet thread!!! thanks @Telemaestro
     

  9. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    No real update on the guitar today, but on my finishing experiments leading up to it. I'm determined to finish this guitar entirely in water-based finish, and I'm trying to find a specific product, and method that I like. This color isn't what I'm going to use, but I was trying to see how well I could pigment this without separation or cratering.

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    I've tried a number of water-based finishes to find one that I felt would be the most versatile for solid colors, trans colors, and clear coat. I used General Finishes Enduro Clear Poly for this sample, and I love it. The tint I used in this was from TCP Global, and it's called Auto Air Colors. I think I'm pretty close to being ready to start finishing the body.

    That's all for now!

    -Austin
     
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  10. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I predict you aren't the only one, nice!
     
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  11. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    That looks really cool. I like how the darkness of the grain is so visible. Did you do anything else to prep the wood; sealers or anything?
     
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  12. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    It's just sealed and leveled with clear, and then the candy/trans is sprayed over top.
     

  13. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    Wow. That's just too easy not to give it a whirl. I've got a Pine body that needs binding and then I'll be looking to do something similar.

    Thanks!
     

  14. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    This is going to be good!!
     
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  15. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Hartville, Ohio
    Thanks! I hope so...
     

  16. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    I gotta ask- how do you set neck relief with a carbon fiber insert?

    I'm sure you have the answer, my thoughts are all just guesses! :)

    Very cool project, BTW...
     
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  17. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

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    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    So... great question. I would go into a bunch of detail right now, but I think it would be better to show how I'm going to deal with it later in this build. I'm going to tackle it in what might be considered a someone unorthodox method, so stay tuned!
     
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  18. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

    445
    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    Some neck progress.

    I reaffixed the neck to the machine bed. And positioned it with some pins around the heel, and in the tuner holes.

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    First, I loaded up the 3/16" end mill.

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    First cut was the channel for the carbon fiber rod.

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    And then a helical interpolation for the holes to take the threaded inserts. Which are .230"

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    Then I cut a 1/4" hole in the heel and one in the headstock (under the tuners) so that I can accurately position the neck when it's flipped back over face up.

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    Then I loaded the 1/16" end mill to drill the holes for mounting the tuning machines.

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    And finally loaded the V mill, this will cut some lead chamfers in the threaded insert holes, and some small chamfers in the back of the tuner holes.

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    Here are the features cut today.

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    I forgot to take any photos, but I rounded the end of the carbon fiber with a file. And dropped it into the channel to check the fit.

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  19. Telemaestro

    Telemaestro Tele-Meister

    445
    Sep 20, 2013
    Hartville, Ohio
    Mixed up some two part, five minute epoxy.

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    Added some black pigment to the mix.

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    Glued in the carbon fiber rod, and cleaned the squeeze out.

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    Well, that's all for now. Another step closer. It will be a guitar some day!

    -Austin
     
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  20. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    What do you use for black pigment Inot the epoxy?

    Years ago I used epoxy to pot some electronic components, I wanted to make it black, but I don't remember if I did, or what I used...

    I have all kinds of questions. .. ;)
     

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