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Walnut and Figured Maple top

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RedHills, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    First time with a "top" build.

    Weight relief finished. Old cut out laying on top for reference. 1.5 " thick quarter sawn

    Got the top glueing up. Picture not too good on the figure.

    Traditional control cavity, steering away from the traditional pickguard. I'll cut my own prob from the walnut. May even attempt front edge binding.
     

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  2. eallen

    eallen Tele-Afflicted

    Looking good! Look forward to seeing more!

    Eric
     
  3. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    Yeah, tasty! I'll be watching.
     
  4. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    Walnut and maple are a match made in heaven!!
    Looking forward to your progress.
     
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  5. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    So far....
     

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  6. Macrogats

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    esetter Friend of Leo's

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  11. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    'Preciate it...gonna start the top off with some light mixes of dark vintage maple (transtint)

    No burst, straight dye. See where it goes

    "oil of something" on the walnut. Birchwood Casey sealer/filler of course too.

    Still up in the air on the topcoat.
     
  12. RedHills

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    Fine sanding really bringing out some curl!
     

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  13. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    Little progress.

    Workn on a piece of sliced cherry burl for a pick guard. Had to soak the snot out of it with some dark walnut stain, just to get it to a "maybe" stage. I'm just not sold on the color yet. Once it gets glossy and the idea was to cut it down anyway....maybe.

    Got some shellac coats built up in the top, looks ok but gonna have some work to do on final buffing. I used a Preval spray kit and it just doesn't seem to atomize well enough for a ultra smooth finish. although it does have uniformity.

    Oh, I opted not to use the transtint. Did a test strip board and liked the clear better than the different shades I mixed.
     

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  14. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    Finishing up nicely...scratched the idea of the pickguard I cut, just too much. Maybe on something else.

    Got a set of Tonerider A2 Blues coming for this one, I used the Vintage in a previous build and really like them.

    Got the Wilkinson compensated bridge, it's better built than what I've been using but cost a little more.
     

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  15. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    Man, that's looking fantastic. I do like your pg, but think you're right - not on this one.

    Oh well, you'll just have to build another guitar. :p
     
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  16. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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  17. RedHills

    RedHills Tele-Meister

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    LOL..on your command :)

    I guess when ya start working on wood for another one before the previous is done, that's a bad sign!

    But that pickguard won't work here either...oh geez...not another, another one!!

     
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  18. RedHills

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    Nothing left but stringing and strumming
     

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  19. RiversQC

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    That looks great! You tied all the materials and colours together beautifully.
     
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