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

  1. epizootics

    epizootics Tele-Meister

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    Check out model building shops - some of them carry all sorts of American products, and I've had a few shop owners tell me they had luthiers coming in all the time because a lot of their products are used in both fields. Some of them even carry plastic sheets that can be used as pickguard material.
     
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  2. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

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    Excellent advice. There are a couple of great model shops here so I'll pay them a visit.
     
  3. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    I followed Freemans suggestion - I did it as a pore filler on poplar. I'm glad I did, it feels nice and solid and even though it will get a solid finish it looks good.

    Zpoxy is available on eBay - it's about £17 I think. Note that you need to get the finishing resin, not the standard 30 minute epoxy. I purchased the latter and it stayed ever so slightly tacky for a week after.

    Glad to hear your bandsaw is working out well!

    EDIT:

    Here you go

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZAP-Z-Po...h=item2398a3062e:g:GE8AAOSwydRbiCi6:rk:3:pf:0
     
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  4. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Tele-Meister

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    Mat, I am so glad that it worked for you. I'm always apprehensive when I give advice - I try to phrase it as "this worked for me", not "this is the way you should do it". There are many many ways to accomplish the things that we do, I've bumbled along and made some mistakes and learned a few things. If I can help someone else, that pleases me.

    I fail to remember that so many of you are in different parts of the world, have different products available (or not), measure in different ways and even use different terminology. I try to include pictures when I think they will be helpful, and I'm always interested in feedback - it it works or doesn't work for you I would like to know it.

    And yes, its the finishing resin. I bought mine from LMII a long time ago, its probably done 10 guitars by now and there is half a bottle left. Robbie O'Brien is on the staff at LMII - if you haven't watched his videos I highly recommend them.

    Itchy and Mat both, I'm looking forward to seeing how your guitars turn out.
     
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  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    My penpal lathe pickup winder project:

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  6. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Tele-Afflicted

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    Today's job is to fill up my hat tree again :D


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  7. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    The body is sat patiently waiting for winter to pass before it gets its final finish - I’m itching to get on with it.

    I’m sure there is a sensible equivalent to Zpoxy here in the UK - but with the number of recommendations posted on these pages, it felt sensible to go with the tried and tested Zpoxy (even though I got the wrong one!)

    I ended up doing 4 coats of epoxy in the end - excessive, but it was part of the learning curve.

    I began with a diluted wash coat and some full strength epoxy for a couple of dings and knots - this was easy enough and sanded back well.

    I then decided I should go full strength for the second coat - this was pretty messy and tricky to control the excess (due to adding to much), I had some drips and lips to contend with when sanding... will those horns ever get any easier! Sanding the epoxy back was time consuming and ended up patchy unfortunately.

    I then decided to proceed with 2 more thinned coats; This worked very well and sanded easily leaving a smooth consistent finish.

    I’m the future, I think I will opt for built thinned coats...

    The one thing to add - due to me purchasing standard 30min Zpoxy instead of the finishing resin - the finish felt tacky for some time after. Sanding produced a combination of dust and gum balling - I assume it wasn’t fully cured... am I to assume this wouldn’t happen with the finishing resin?

    Thanks again Freeman for the direction
     
  8. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    Just an FYI, Poplar is a very tight grained wood similar to maple that generally doesn't need pore filler. It isn't porous like mahogany, walnut, or ash. YMMV
     
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  9. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Holic

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    Ok not a tele. But I thought y’all might appreciate this. Found this at a local vintage/pawn shop. 1959 Stromberg-Carlson MC41. Also known as the Elvis Mic. It’s a rebranded Shure 55s.

    The rubber mounts were all disintegrated, and the old amphenol connector had been cut out and a unshielded cable with 1/4 inch plug taped in its place. I duct taped some foam for mounts, and wired in an XLR connector. It works and sounds ok, but very low output.

    Makes me look cool, though.

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  10. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Ah, I guess not - but I don't mind, it's given me a good smooth and hard foundation for my next steps... and good practise for the inevitable next guitars. Thanks for the info
     
  11. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Tele-Meister

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    I use the Zpoxy both for its pore filling and because it highlights grain on highly figured wood. When I did the chambered tele I experimented on some off cuts of the top and head veneer, liked the epoxy the best. Lots of ways to do this, just passing along what I have learned



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  12. photondev

    photondev Tele-Holic

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    San Diego, CA
    I cleaned up my garage/work area and found a bunch of guitar parts I have been accumulating for several years. I will be using only the parts I already had, no new parts, if possible.

    I have a very nice MIM strat neck, and an alder strat body that I started from scratch several years ago.

    This will be my version of a strat with swimming pool routing to keep my options open later on, a hardtail bridge and deep strat contours.

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    Using a 20 degree angle jig and bandsaw

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  13. oceanblue

    oceanblue TDPRI Member

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    Well I do have a roasted swamp ash, clear satin, and a roasted maple neck/fretboard on the way...another 5-6 weeks they say....also ordered a Wikinson bridge and saddles that should be here next week.
    Shopping PU’s now leaning towards Fender vintage reissues, but I seem to change my mind about every hour or two LOL
     
  14. mefgames

    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Oct 31, 2010
    North Bay, Ca
    I bought this JessEm router lift back in March when Woodcraft had them on sale, finally got around to installing it in a Melamine extension I built for my table saw. Always wanted a router table, but just didn't like using up more floor space. This way, it's there when I need it but out of the way otherwise. Probably going to add a fence for it later.

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  15. Clint Walker

    Clint Walker Tele-Meister

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    Jan 4, 2013
    Killeen, Texas
    Doing another fabric topped guitar...this one is going to be a bridge pickup only machine...can't wait to trim off the excess!

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  16. gigante

    gigante TDPRI Member

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    Looks great. I've been wanting to do one. Do you have a thread detailing your process? Or just what you use to seal?
     
  17. Clint Walker

    Clint Walker Tele-Meister

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    Killeen, Texas
    Thank you! I don't have a thread or details...I dug around youtube to get some ideas...for this one I am trying a two part epoxy resin...the last one I used Mod Podge. Thinking the epoxy is the way to go.
     
  18. gigante

    gigante TDPRI Member

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    Kansas City
    I'll be watching how it goes I've watched the Texas Toast guy's video a bunch of times but I'd like to do it without spraying something like the simtech sealer
     
  19. eallen

    eallen Tele-Afflicted

    Getting some walnut from the family farm ready. It has been stacked and staked for about 8 months air drying. After acclimating to the shop and checked for moisture it is over to the planer.

    2 crouched walnut blanks with a small spalted corner on one for a tele or thinline. They started at 4/4 but all the grain intersections during air drying lands it down to about 1/2" once all the warping is planed out. They required some real setup leveling on a sled to get a flat side to work from.

    Some 4/4+ for 1 or 2 piece necks and some wide stock for book matched tops.
     

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  20. oceanblue

    oceanblue TDPRI Member

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    Yea I use the Brave browser on iOS, blocks ads, works well
     
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