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What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    What's the name on the headstock? My avatar guitar was a lot like that one in the past, but in 3-color burst.
  2. Hallo Spencer

    Hallo Spencer TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

    Apr 13, 2011
    How's the Quality of that Kmise neck?
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  3. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    The Kmise's an absolute bargain... well finish sanded/sealed, straight and true, good weight, fretwork has no sharp edges .... hard maple, looks like rosewood on the f/board.... what's not to like....:)

    I have an all Maple one on my own Bass and it's stayed where I set the action for nearly a year without adjustment........ always in tune, etc....

    I couldn't make one for the price...:rolleyes:



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  4. 10orgtr

    10orgtr Tele-Meister

    May 3, 2011
    western PA
    "Here's what I'm working on today. Strings 1/2" above the fretboard. Probably gonna need a different bridge and some shims under the neck"

    Hey Open G, I have one of them, same problem. Body tends to disassemble itself and the neck pitches up from string tension. Check in the cutaways and make sure the plates are attached to the rims. They don't have any kerfing in them, so there's just 1/4" glue surface on the edge of the plywood rims. Sorry for the bad news, they do sound good though.
  5. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Nice! Most places I've lived I couldn't use standard anything anywhere between the age of the home and previous owner DIY. This turned out great Rick!
  6. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 30, 2011
    I used to want one of those guitar SOOOO bad in the early '90s. That's going to be a fun, cool build!

    Holy cow! We have an Eric sighting!! :D
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  7. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 30, 2011
    Started getting the finish on this one. Going with TruOil.


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  8. jed mac

    jed mac TDPRI Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    Something different. This rc i just picked up . The main problems are sorted out. It came as a 6x6 . It was quite the challenge to convert it back to 4x4. The body is from some model my friend had.last thing is to make the body mounts for the back side 20181007_150735.jpeg 20181007_155109.jpeg 20181007_155241.jpeg 20181007_155331.jpeg
  9. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Friend of Leo's

    Aug 28, 2018
    Waiting for varnish to dry on the last telecaster, and spraying a strat kit (cheap kit, nothing special). Resawing the next blank for another telecaster.

    Taking this much off of a blank is similar time-wise to planing, but I get tired of pushing a plane sometimes. This blank is cherry, sorry that it looks washed out in color, I have bright white LED lighting and it makes anything light colored look really light on camera. Same wood as the last pictures of the varnished tele neck and body (same large board).

    This frame saw is a mock up, it's just pieces of ash screwed together, a piece of spring steel 4x47 inches and some scrap bits. It's tensioned by wedges on the far end. I intended to make a better one, but I never have. It's only necessary to use this in wide boards that are too wide for a hand saw.

    The exit side of the cut (it's pretty accurate if you take your time with it - I have better luck on a board like this than with the power bandsaw I used to have (would've been too wide for the 18 inch jet saw I used to have, anyway) with the frame saw - the blade is huge and doesn't wander in the cut. There's a myth that these are two person saws that can't be steered, but if you make your saw and sharpen and set it properly, that's not true.

    After flipping the board over, both sides meet (this is the back side - the other side is closer to the line).Every 30 strokes or so with the saw is about an inch of cut, and I take the opportunity to step past to look at the back side of the cut to make sure it's on track. When things get a little off, they're easy to correct. If you let them get way off, you just end up fighting the saw or cutting over the line. Taking time pays dividends, and you couldn't physically go all out and do something like this, anyway. I have filed this saw aggressively so that it will bite across a large span, and it takes some horsepower to push it. You push it pretty much by leaning forward, then leaning back, steering the back side of the cut by tilting it. It only takes a few cuts to get the hang of it:

    The result (generally 15-20 minutes of sawing for something like this). It'll take very little hand planing to have a blank ready for sawing. I don't have a bandsaw any longer, so I use a turning saw to cut the blanks after this. That's a little more unpleasant, but it doesn't take that long. I just need to make a coarse cutting turning saw with a thin blade for guitars and I haven't gotten around to it.

    The dust pile (no dust collection needed - sweat it out and leave the fan off, or you'll get a face full of fines!! - learned that the hard way):


    The best part about this is that I can spray a guitar and resaw a blank at the same time - there's so little dust that none settles on a blank hanging 10 feet away (nothing special about this body, it's just a stratocaster kit body).


    I don't use much in terms of power tools, but I do appreciate an air compressor, spray gun and a good power router for squaring the sides of a guitar body!!
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  10. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Friend of Leo's

    Aug 28, 2018
    Oh, and when I first started, I said something along the lines of not seeing the point of those spindle sanders, but I found a used one and I've gotten lazy!! You can see it on the floor. It's possible to do all of that work on guitars with shaves, scrapers and gouges, but it'd make more sense to save that effort for something elegant, like intentional compound curves on the edge of a guitar going to the back.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2018
  11. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 4, 2010
    Athens, GA
    Aria is the brand name. I got an inspection endoscope recently so I'm hoping to get pics from the inside, and I should be able to see if it's separating or anything. There are 2 large cracks in the back that seem more like finish cracks than body cracks. But we'll see.

    Rick, I've been covered up with work recently so I haven't had much time to post here. I work at Nuci's Space now and I fix up the gear that get's donated to them. I moved to a smaller place to cut expenses and my power tools are all in storage so no scratch builds for a bit. But all this repair and setup stuff is fun and challenging.
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  12. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2012
    Colorado Springs, CO
  13. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 Tele-Meister

    Nov 30, 2016
    Been a while since I posted, we’ve been siding out house and I’ve had no garage space. I finally got enough room to do a little work. Finally made a neck I’m actually proud of, as long as I don’t mess it up. Bloodwood neck with a maple fretboard and bloodwood fret markers. Also lucked out and picked up 4 neck blanks for 10 bucks a piece. Purple Heart and rosewood. Don’t mind the paper, those were the specs of tele I barrowed to compare. 109D5652-A18B-4748-9350-D0EB0CA9B18D.jpeg 4A2396FA-0472-4284-93BF-C93B9F9FC2A9.jpeg
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  14. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    Thats a bodacious saw !
    Tell us more about the blade - you bought one and modified it? Made it from scratch?
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  15. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Friend of Leo's

    Aug 28, 2018
    I bought a coil of .042" 1095 steel off of ebay for about $70, sold the remainder to another guy who wanted to do the same thing, and found a box of Nicholson heavy taper 8" files on ebay for $25. I filed all the teeth into the blade by hand and drilled the ends of the blade by using a high quality bit and intentionally overheating the steel so that it would lose its temper and be drilled easily. the low quality scrap steel on the ends holds two drill rod pins in the end of each blade so that the blade can't rotate like a turning saw.

    You can buy blades for the saws for not much ($75-$100), and hardware packs (so that you could have a nice elegant cast iron screw tightener instead of just whacking wedges in the end to draw it tight. I was on the fence at the time I didn't want to spend the time making a nice frame and sink $200 into purchased parts. I'd guess the net cost of this (the ash is scrap offcuts from making my bench, the ganky scrap steel is mild steel from the belt guard on an old delta jointer that was defunct - and now long gone) is probably about $75, and 3 hours of labor. Filing the teeth in was a bear, but you learn pretty quickly how to lean on the file and cut on the upstroke so that the file cuts quickly - these kinds of projects always teach me a lot of things I didn't know I was looking to learn, but I'm glad afterward.

    If I ever build another one, it'll be narrower, just as long, and the blade will be identical. The saw itself is pretty heavy, which allows it to work in the cut well, but it's heavy laterally, too, and took a little getting used to.

    Reality is, I'm so lazy that I'll probably not make another one, but the only "nice" part of this saw at all is the blade itself. The rest pretty rough! If you're a mostly hand tooler as I am, you have to have several things line up to even get a saw like this out. The wood can't be too long to stand up in the vise (it's OK if it's up to 5 feet long or so) and the board needs to be thick enough that it wouldn't be hand planed faster, and wide enough to warrant a saw this big. Something like a guitar neck blank is easily cut out with a hand saw in only a few minutes, and too narrow for the teeth on this - there's just over 2 teeth per inch. they'd just dig in like loggers spikes if the board wasn't wide.

    That said, if I still had my bandsaw, I wouldn't be able to saw a guitar blank on it, and I ruined a lot of stuff due to blade wander, etc. Probably a quarter of whatever I was working on.

    I've never lost stock working with hand tools - things happen too slowly and you can see trouble coming. If you had a reliable person standing on the back side of the cut and directing the saw, you could easily cut veneer with it down to an eighth. Keeping it dead on a line on the side where you're standing is really easy due to the tall blade.

    I got the idea for this saw from a friend of mine who is cutting veneer for a harpsichord in an old colonial williamsburg video, and then sat on it for a while - by that time, there were commercial hardware packs.

    One warning if anyone gets the urge to do this, you need a really strong vise. Something like a record vise will not hold wood tightly enough, and you don't want to get stuck screwing around with clamps.
  16. jed mac

    jed mac TDPRI Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    It’s back in the bench. The fella who originally built it put a motor for a street truck in it (12-20 turns) and blew the pinion out of the front drive shaft. I have it temporarily fixed but it will need a new drive shaft. Il also be looking for a 35 turn motor to keep my drive shafts. IMG_4956.JPG IMG_4958.JPG IMG_4957.JPG . These things are fun to use
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  17. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England
    Test fitted the fretboard and strings to the Thinline UkeTele. Some final adjustments are still needed but everything seems to work and the tones from the lipstick/hotrail combo are fantastic.

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  18. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yesterday I wanted to make a new pedal board but had to put away a motorcycle I was trying to sell and move the table saw back into place.
    Seemed like a good time to clean up a bit and I was then able to get close to the dust collector, so I checked to see if it needed to be emptied.

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  19. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Meister

    Oct 11, 2017
    Barefootin'? No...clearcoatin'. Meet Miss Laura. She will be a guitar sometime around Halloween.

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  20. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    some wood porn.... an old D/Fir rafter wiped down with mineral turpentine for show.. just need to thin the blank a bit to take out the rough look of the join...

    a tele type bass on the way for a lefty kid, son of an old mate....

    hand planed with an old stanley #3 and sanded with a block and shaped on a ROSS.... whew..:D

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