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2X4 MDF and Fabric Guitar

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by wetterhorn, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. wetterhorn

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    Here is the back. And the neck is coming along. More traditional materials - maple neck with birdseye maple fretboard.
     
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    Looks great! One of my favorite builds I've seen in a while.
    Can't wait to hear it!
     
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    Got frets on and fabric on the headstock. Getting first coats of lacquer on also.
     
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    I like the Viper :D
     
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    Stunning work!

    If I may, it might be nice for you to post a tutorial on your fabric technique in the finishing discussion area...in your copious free time, of course. :)
     
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    I dig it! Looking good
     
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    When I read the first post where you talked about using 2x4 and MDF to build a guitar, my initial reaction was "why in the world would you spend (waste) your time with that?" Funny thing - my wife has told me numerous times that I have that reaction to most ideas that fall outside 'standard practice'.

    Now I'm a believer. You are a true visionary and that is an AMAZING build!
     
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    Skip to 11 minutes, it seems deceptively simple.


     
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    Neato Dano!
     
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    Question for anyone. I have considered building a guitar with 2x4s but my biggest concern is cracking after the guitar is finished. I know when you buy 2x4 from HD or Lowes there are really wet and will tend to twist and split. So would the best practice be to buy a hand full of "good" 2x4s, let them sit in the the shop for a year or so to let them dry and then joint and plane them? Could you even br crazy enough to put them in the oven on a fairly low temp to dry them quicker????
     
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    Do NOT put any in the oven or buy out of the banded pallets. Most Lowe's at least have some on the racks quite dry though I usually get a good 2 X 8 for the center section and carefully scrounge for a good 2 X 4 for the wings

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    Just two examples I've built this way, bodies nearly 10 years old, no cracking and never wet

    Dave
     
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    Is that an oak neck?
     
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    I've seen how Texas Toast does theirs...wasn't sure if you were doing the same or different.
     
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    Yes, red oak. It was used to calibrate a CNC. Was also full scale. I cut and pieced it (at the heel) to make it a short scale ,30" neck. Note, until I installed the rebar (3/8 cold rolled steel) it was light as a feather. I have and do use oak in many places. In a project I have for sale (a Dano Bass VI) it also has an oak neck. Rebar epoxied in but not shaped. I've used oak ply on bodies but not lumber, yet lol

    I HAVE built that way many times just not those. I have also used laminated aspen panels, kitchen and rocking chair seats, whatever I could get. I have in the pipeline a T5 clone made from a rocking chair seat for the back (hollowed) which is indonesian oak, very beautiful. For the top I'm using a beautiful pine board with blocks laminated on the side for the hips and also hollowed inside with milled and separate bracing. Enough details wait for the thread but I have planned this darling a LONG time :)


    Dave
     
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    Thanks. I fear you give me way too much credit calling me a visionary. I honestly don't know what possessed me to do this. Just saw the stuff and thought, "what if?" Not sure if it will sound any good, but it's been fun nonetheless. Thanks for the comment!
     
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    I do mine in much the same way. I glue the fabric to the wood with Titebond. Then I seal with several coats of water-based poly. Then sand flat, and do final coats with lacquer. I've done several and am happy with the results. Just making it up as I go, really.
     
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