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What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    Oh my! that looks like fun!
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  2. PhillyTele

    PhillyTele TDPRI Member

    May 8, 2017
    Philly, PA
    1 of 2 builds that I have going on..... 20190108_174056.jpg
  3. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    I use Zpoxy as well. I love how it enhances Sapele and walnut. Nothing about poplar to enhance, though, and it doesn't need pore filling. That's the only point I was trying to make.
  4. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Wow, that sure is..."swoopy!" That's gotta be the swoopiest Micawber ever! Looks very cool.
  5. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    I was given that beautiful Gretsch 5420 for Christmas and I did a set up on it, changed out the TOM bridge to a high quality ABM2400 roller bridge and shaped the existing bridge base to the curve of thie guitar top.

    Simple job, protect top, tape down sandpaper and gently move the bridge base back and forth till all the silver marker pen ink I applied to the base was gone.

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  6. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2018
    Each time I build a guitar I think about what would have made the last one easier or better and add a tool to the old tool box. It's a little easier with domestic tranquility if I spread the purchases out - "Honey, can I have a new router" is a whole lot better than "honey, I'm going to build a shop"

    I've been doing rosettes for a long time with a plunge dremel router, it worked but with all the play and run out its pretty marginal.


    It took several efforts to get that cocobolo rosette cut out and route the channel on my last acoustic.

    So, since I have started a new acoustic guitar and I had some nice Brazilian scraps that I wanted to use but there was only enough for one try (and a few leftovers which would become the head plate and butt graft) I thought it was time to upgrade my circle cutter. This spendy but nice unit came from LMII (and I had a few quality control issues that I won't discuss here)




    Its a total pain to set up and probably would be best in a production setting where you were doing the same rosette in several guitars, but once I got it adjusted it did do a nice job.

    See what you telecaster builders miss out on?
  7. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    This is just part of the meticulous work that makes up an acoustic guitar and that is why the good ones are so expensive folks. Great job.
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  8. Snfoilhat

    Snfoilhat Tele-Holic

    Apr 8, 2016
    Oakland, CA
    Cabinet from the maybe cherry recycled hardwood board is done (except for the back panels, which are TBD). Baffle is some dark reddish plywood from the same recycler.
    Boiled linseed oil finish (just 4 coats).
    zippofan, eallen, Blue Bill and 4 others like this.
  9. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

    May 8, 2015
    4 electric ukulele bodies cut and sanded today...
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    eallen, Zepfan, John Nicholas and 2 others like this.
  10. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    a workbench was on the workbench yesterday... I made up a quick router sled table to flatten a blank...

    then flattened it....:D

    I've just been out on the ROSS this morning shaping the blank.... whew, dusty...:(

    coffee time...:)

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  11. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    This bench is too clean.... making me look bad.....
  12. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    it's another tele bass..... quite happy with my join on this blank....

    I tried a new method... I planed the edges and glued the blank as usual.... wasn't happy with the look...

    so I pinned the blank on a spoil board set up two parallel flat boards on top to run my makita saw through in a straight line, sawed through the glue join.... touched up the edges with a flat sand and glued it back together... worked great...a very neat rejoin....:)

    body blank shaped1.jpg

    body join DF close.jpg
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  13. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    The FurloughCaster.
    Just gotta finish the nut and set it up.

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  14. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2018
    Plymouth, England
    Spent an hour this evening building a router sled so I can ge the spalted beech bodies levelled over the weekend.

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  15. CraigB

    CraigB Tele-Holic

    Nov 6, 2009
    Central Coast of CA
    Damn, that is one fine looking geetar Mete! Is that oak or ash? Beautiful work
  16. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    Thank you CraigB.
    It’s actually wormy chestnut, salvaged from my father-inlaw’s farm in West Virginia.
  17. Davecam48

    Davecam48 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    Queensland Australia
    Did we have some galvo purlin left over Trev? :lol: It should have been stable enough...........did it slip ok on the galvo slides?

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  18. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2018
    Yanked the teeth out of a perfectly good bass today (is that an oxymoron?).

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  19. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Let's hear it!
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