1st time Build , T-style Ulysses

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  1. Ulysses

    Ulysses TDPRI Member

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    Two alder tops glued and flush trimmed using me new spiral bit alder top flush trim.jpg alder top flush trim 2.jpg

    telesunbath.jpg Sunbathing on the bonnet

    tele flush trim.jpg 2nd one

    spindle sander.jpg Could have used this sooner but hey its never too late to get a spindle sander
     
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    neck allignment.jpg Neck Alignment with a steel rule. Must get a laser


    Decided to see what it would look like to inlay the neck plate. Good practice on the dremel with stewmac attachment.
    neck plate dremel inlay.jpg neck plate inlay 2.jpg
     
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    Neck pocket route.jpg
    Neck pocket route - needs to go deeper


    Neck attached.jpg neck attached front.jpg
    snug as a bug
     
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    mock up w scratchplate.jpg mockup w pickup ring.jpg
    quick mockup with scratchplate vs's pickup ring. I'm liking the ring.
     
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    I got four litres of acetone from a hairdresser suppliers not far away. Will I ever use it all on binding alone? Are there other uses?
    binding channel routed.jpg binding channel routed (dremel with stewmac bit)

    binding on 1.jpg binding on 2.jpg


    Binding stuck on with acetone, little bit stretched with heatgun,
    binding paste.jpg
    mix up a batch of binding paste for the repair.
     
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    binding scraped.jpg Binding repair looks good after scraping and bridge lined up for Drilling
    string thru ferrules.jpg String Through Ferrules

    bridge route.jpg Bridge Pickup Route
     
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    mock up 2.0 w bc.jpg
    Once I had the pickup routes done I couldn't resist a proper hardware mock up.

    mock up 2 no bc.jpg no Ashtray mockup 2 w bc.jpg Ashtray
     
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    New tools - cheap random orbital sander. Random Orbital Sander.jpg

    Got some copper tape too for sheilding pickup cavities, some fine steel wool and blonde shellac flakes.
     
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    Break it back down again and start on the Sterling Silver Wire Inlay
    Silver Inlay 1.jpg Silver Inlay 2.jpg
    Cut the design with the scalpel
    Shaped the silver wire with a roundnose pliers and got the small hammer to Just tap it in.

    Silver Inlay 3.jpg
    Wet the wood slightly before sanding so the grain grips the silver tighter.
     
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    Because the Mother of Pearl and Abalone inlay is in 16 separate pieces it was pretty tricky to get it arranged and inlaying was a slow process : cutting the wood with a dremel and finetuning with a scalpel, then filing the shell pieces to fit as snug as possible to each other - Thats why I didn't take any pics - too fiddly.
    sanding shell inlay.jpg But here it is being sanded.

    Shell inlay 1.jpg shell inlay 2.jpg
     
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    sheilding 1.jpg While the Blonde Shellac flakes are dissolving in the methylated spirits I shield the pickup and control cavities with copper tape (including the holes I drilled from one cavity to the next by creating copper tubes with the tape). The tape will act as the ground for the bridge too.

    Shellac 1.jpg 1st coat French Polishing using Shellac build up in layers. The flames in the Alder Top are starting to show nicely.

    Shellac 2.jpg 2nd coat

    shellac 3.jpg 3rd coat

    shellac 4.jpg 4th coat
     
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    Shellac 5.jpg This was the 5th and last coat of Shellac hand french polished.....

    Then Disaster - When I test fit the bridge and control plate there where gaps of no shellac where the masking tape was too long. I tried to repair it but alas I had to sand back to bare wood.

    Sandback.jpg


    You live you learn. I also leave off the copper strapper for the bridge until I finish Redoing the shellac.:cry:

    shellac redo 1.jpg Here we go again

    shellac redo 2.jpg Its looking good - this second attempt is way better than the first

    shellac redo 3.jpg Near mirror finish . Happy again
     
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    nice touch on the inlays and the wire scrolls.... :)

    lookin' good...
     
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    heel tuck.jpg Heel tuck 2.jpg

    Carving a Heel tuck in the back with various files and scrapers.
    (you can see another bit of silver wire inlay too, matches the bottom)

    Tummy tuck.jpg Tummy tuck

    The carves really make the sapele grain look brilliant.
     
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    Thanks Trev333
     
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    So I french polished up the back and sides with shellac and put it all back together and soldered it up - no pics sorry.
    Another mockup.jpg another mockup 2.jpg another mockup 3.jpg another mockup 4.jpg

    So here we are up to date. I started getting the workshop ready at the end of April.
    Jobs left to do:
    • modify the neck near the body
    • change the headstock shape a bit
    • cut shell for the headstock logo
    • inlay headstock logo
    • french polish just the face of headstock
    • oil fretboard
    • reassemble
    • setup
    Get strap nuts.

    Then take better pics and do a vid
     
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    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    Really nice work on the inlays!
     
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    This build is nice, and I like the inlays and all, but what I really wanna know is how'd you get that backwards "s" into your user name?? :eek:

    :lol:
     
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    I have no idea how he did it but when I try to view his public profile it doesn't work! I get a 404 error code.
     
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    Thanks Lisa, much appreciated.
     
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