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What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. RiversQC

    RiversQC TDPRI Member

    Nov 9, 2018
    A bandsaw sounds like a great idea!

    Meantime, it was a balmy -10 (15oF) and the kids were occupied so I set up the ol’ workbench and ever so patiently jigsawed out a poplar tele. This is being done reverse - it will be the back, with an eventual flame maple top... if all goes well. ;)


    P.S. I’m new here, but have been admiring everyone’s work and learning for a while now. Started just troubleshooting things off the site but the Tele Home Depot has inspired me to take the plunge headlong into building. Frankly, have more ideas and projects on the go than I really have time for!

  2. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Hey Itchy. I'd be interested to hear how you get on with it. My (almost) father-in-law can get hold of Draper tools at wholesale prices - when I can eventually justify the price I may go down the Draper route, but I've been unsure about their performance/quality. Sheesh, I'm jealous!
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  3. telepraise

    telepraise Tele-Meister

    Feb 27, 2017
    Palmetto, Florida
    The color and grain look right for cherry, if so it will darken beautifully pretty quickly when exposed to sunlight. About the same density as poplar/tulipwood but much prettier, also relatively soft.
  4. Snfoilhat

    Snfoilhat Tele-Holic

    Apr 8, 2016
    Oakland, CA
    Thank you!

    So far I have made a few crosscuts with a hand saw and then cleaned them up with a router. I am in the middle of making the rabbets and taking a break. The wood does not feel hard (in my quite limited wookworking experience), but it is heavy.
  5. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England
    Hey Mat. I've yet to use it in anger but I'm picking up 2.5m of spalted beech from a guy on Dartmoor tomorrow morning so I'll add an update
  6. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Hard to work up a sweat isn't it?
  7. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    While you admire everyone’s work here- I admire you for cutting out a tele body with the jig saw at -10 degree. You earn some bragging rights.
  8. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    my iPhone is on my workbench today, trying to sort my way thru this nonsense and find best work around/solution.

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  9. eallen

    eallen Tele-Afflicted

    I'm with Telepraise on possible cherry.
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  10. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 30, 2011
    I think they moved over to a new app possibly, so if you’re trying to use the old one, that may be why you’re getting that error. I’d uninstall and download the newer version.

    That’s all a guess, though, as I never use the app.
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  11. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England
    Finally used it properly today and I'm very impressed. I cut down the 55mm thick body blanks with it and had no issues. Assuming the performance is consistent I would certainly recommend these saws.

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  12. E-miel

    E-miel TDPRI Member

    Oct 18, 2016
    Eemster, Netherlands
    My first actual build post, so kind of exiting.

    I started playing guitar because my dad gave me an acoustic guitar which he grabed out of the garbage en painted in some awesome colors. (It's the bottom left one in my avatar) At that time it was intended as a toy, but later it would sparkle my interest to play it seriously.

    Last august I spend a whole month renovating my new appartment. And my dad helped me a lot, so as a thank you I am building him this guitar.


    Today I routed for the neck pickup and attached the neck. I hope to add the bridge and controls tomorrow. Maybe even the rear roundover, but first the back needs some work.

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  13. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA

    Yeah, the old TDPRI app is kaput.
    Now have to go thru Tapatalk, which is a whole different interface & structure, and loaded with ads. Clunky.
    Looks like I’ll be accessing thru the browser on my mobile device.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  14. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Drooling! Those are nice!
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  15. TreblaNitram

    TreblaNitram TDPRI Member

    Jul 16, 2017
    Everett, WA
    Huh now my old app is working again.

    Sent from my Pixel 2 using TDPRI forum mobile app
  16. Clint Walker

    Clint Walker Tele-Meister

    Jan 4, 2013
    Killeen, Texas
    I work in a local music store part-time...we are getting ready to move to a new location...the boss wanted to repaint all of our slotwall, I ran out to Lowes, grabbed a "Graining" tool and an 8oz can of flat white paint...after about twenty is cheap...quick and adds some just hope the boss approves...
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  17. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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  18. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England
    Spent a couple of hours this evening cutting the spalted beech into rough body shapes. The band saw is a luxury I'm already wandering how I lived without.

    I'm now debating in the final finish. After I rout and chamber the bodies I want something that will be tough and durable but won't hide the minor cracks and natural flaws in the wood. I was wondering about trying an epoxy. Any experience and advice is welcomed, as always.

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    Last edited: Jan 6, 2019
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  19. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2018
    If you read either of my builds or any of my comments on finishing, I use a slow setting epoxy, specifically Zpoxy, as my primary pore filler. It does a great job of filling the pores and popping grain, and should work pretty well stabilizing your beech. However I have never used it as the final finish, I have always put either solvent or waterborn lacquer over it, so while I think it would work fine, I can't say for sure.

    Robbie O'Brien has a great vid on epoxy pore fill

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  20. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England

    Thank you Freeman, as always your advice is golden. I'm not sure if I can get Z Poxy in the UK but there are similar alternatives. I think I'll go down this route and maybe use an acrylic lacquer for the final sheen.
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