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The Emeraldcaster Project (aka Son of Meloncaster)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Buckocaster51, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Funny you should ask!

    I've spent the better part of the last week going cold turkey on caffeine!

    It is UGLY stuff in my body.

    But now I am clean and sober (from caffeine at least :eek: ) and ready to get to work on these things.

    Cheers

    Steve Dikkers
    aka Buckocaster51
     
  2. Rich Rice

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    Oh, man.. I don't think I'd ever be awake without Synthroid and caffeine.. You are so right, it's horrible for you (and me).. A friend and former bandmate just died last week (54 years old) of a massive heart attack- he quit smoking many years ago, but loved his coffee. Scary stuff. Good that you kicked it. Now, nitro, on the other hand.. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hey Buckocaster,
    I've been off the caffeine for nearly two years now. Every morning just takes a glass a water and not too much missed sleep. Congrats and good luck!
    , Chris
     
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  5. jimd

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    That's what makes my world go around. :) But everything in moderation.

    I hope the lack of stimulants won't slow this thread down.
     
  6. Buckocaster51

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    It has been almost 3 weeks (I think) since I put any lacquer on this bad boy. It has been hanging up in the house...just airing out...

    There might be enough, at least I hope there is enough, clear on it that it can be levelled out and polished.

    [​IMG]

    It is pretty wavy in some spots...

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    Just spent a few relaxing hours with some 400 grit paper on a sanding block...no sand throughs...which is good...

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    this is what we have now...there are still some pretty good divits in a few spots...I think they will come out with a little more massaging...then we'll go to the front.
     
  7. Rich Rice

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    Damn, you're good. Sheesh...
     
  8. Buckocaster51

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    Well...I don't know about that... :oops:

    But after some 600 grit work this morning, this is what the back looks like.

    [​IMG]

    It STILL has some divots...you can see one along the binding in the lower lefter corner of the picture...I have to make an adult decision..."Should I try to get it out or not?"

    You can also see the mysterious "orange spot" in the bottom center of the photo. My trusty Olympus C-5500 has picked up some sort of crud on the inside of the first element of the lens. Drat! I'll bet that is no-way "user servicable" ... if you know what I mean!
     
  9. Vizcaster

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    How about a few discreet drop fills on the low spots? Is CA compatible with your Deft? (It doesn't work with water based acrylic lacquer, turns into some kind of hard white foam). I've used 5 minute epoxy to fill tearouts, you can level it by cutting with a razorblade; just be careful to remove the waxy amine blush with some alcohol before recoating with a spot of lacquer, then buff it out.

    I'd be curious to see what you folks like to use to drop fill defects at this stage of the game.
     
  10. Buckocaster51

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    Vizcaster...good ideas. I think I have used CA on DEFT with no problems. But in this case I just went back to the 400 grit sandpaper and massaged most of them out.

    Now we will attack the back with some Dupont No 7 and a RED shop cloth.

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    Round and 'round and 'round...good thing I have lots of free time today! ;)

    A pedestal buffer would be nice, but it would break my $100 rule!

    Here's part of the back after the No 7 treatment.

    [​IMG]

    It looks like it will be in good shape for a treatment of swirl remover later on.
     
  11. mojocasterman

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    I usually agree with Rich Rice, and I do again today... damn, you're good :)
     
  12. Buckocaster51

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    Now we'll see what kind of damage we can do with the 3M Hand Glaze.

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    Like most sparkle finishes, it is difficult to get a good photo of it...

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    It looks like the back is finished.
     
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    BEE-YEW-TEE-FUL!!

    This is one of my favorite parts of a guitar build.
    When the finish starts to take on that mirror shine.

    That's also about the part in my builds where I can see the end of the tunnel and work speeds up towards the goal of first twang!

    As always I'm enjoyin' your build bucko!
     
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    Looks like a pretty good photo to me
     
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    I never considered a glitter guitar until I started following this thread!

    This is some awesome work!
     
  16. Buckocaster51

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    You know what THEY say, "Sparkle is the new beige!"

    Or something like that. ;)

    Now back to sanding...
     
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    Veeerrrry Nice!

    I'd might have to turn in my uptight conservative engineer card for one of those.
     
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    Somehow I feel in me bones that the quintessential engineer (Montgomery Scott aka "Scotty") would have been a closet Tele player/builder;) ..Good on ya Steve!! Happy New Year!
     
  19. Buckocaster51

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    Here is the top after the 400 to 600 grit routine.

    [​IMG]

    Now on to the DuPont No 7 and the 3M Hand Glaze

    Which gives us this...

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    Looks a bit different than it did back on October 1st!

    [​IMG]

    Maybe tomorrow, while the football games are on the electric television (which I am sure that I will ignore) I can get it assembled.

    Maybe...:rolleyes:

    Happy New Year kids!
     
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    never get tired of watching your teles emerge, thanks. Happy New Year, good to hear you're having success with the ween from the bean. Dunno what I'd do without it.
     
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