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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by The Crash Cowboy, Aug 31, 2016.
A new toy: (adjustable) automatic centerpunch !
Definitely a "Yay!"
A very cool looking axe! I have to admit that I didn't take time to read the entire thread yet, so this may have been mentioned, but what would be the possibility of bluing that thing with gun blue - just like a pistol or rifle - to get a deep, dark, near black finish? Or maybe my gun collecting addiction has just taken over my guitar addiction to the point that my brain can't properly sort them out anymore! Beautiful work!
Whoa, absolutely gorgeous. I've just sat and read through the whole thread. Absolutely amazing, I'd love one of those!
The metal work is as good as done now.
The freakin' holes of the jack plates gave me a headache this last week, but they are finally done and in place:
I drilled the string-tru holes on the Budget Tele (the Baritone doesn't need string-tru holes because of the Stetsbar trem):
Some time left: I polished the back cover plates.
Start welding ! It really isn't rocket science, and the results are pretty spectacular, I have to admit [emoji4][emoji4][emoji4] !
So many things to try out ... I am right now trying to understand what finishes of steel are possible. And this builds definitely won't be my last ones ! Thanks for the suggestions !
(I am thinking about leaving the automotive lacquer idea, and finish the guitar bodies using Tru-Oil & Gun Wax, or lineseed oil.)
I made a decision about the finishes:
- The Budget Tele will be coated with lineseed-oil (or maybe Tru-Oil and Gun Wax). It conserves the rust and forms a very hard finish.
The Beetle on this image is treated with line-seed oil and I think the patina is beautiful. This VW belongs to my welding teacher and gave me the ideas about rusting my first steel body !
- I will finish the Baritone body after cleaning and degreasing it with some layers of ordinary transparent car lacquer or varnish (like Hammerite ?).
Love the beauty shot with the VW.
Now I need to go back and read the pages that I missed. Did you build the neck yourself? Any way to get some of that metal work onto the next neck? Maybe as a "veneer" on the headstock? Heck, rusty fret markers and aged tuners would look cool as hell.
Thanks ! And nope, the necks are aftermarket. Don't overestimate my qualities, brother !
Final mockup of the Budget Tele. There will be a reliced bridge and tuners on it. It best fits the rusty surface, I think.
Is there a way to hide the unnessecary holes next to the tuners in the back of the headstock ?
Most would glue in some dowel and sand it flush
You could try a crazy glue and sawdust slurry, but on a light wood like that, I don't know how well it would blend.
Like a rounded matchstick ? The holes are very tiny ...
String ferrules: check.
I'd almost be tempted o just put some rusty screws in those holes near the tuners. Would fit with the look of the guitar, would make some people scratch their heads over what they are for too. Add to the charm and simple solution.
Got these. It's hard to see on the image, but they're slightly patinated.
The quick way would be to take something like a toothpick, glue it in, and cut it flush with a sharp knife or chisel. I'd bet that the toothpick is close enough to that maple that the casual observer would never notice. If the holes are too big for a toothpick, take a small dowel and sharpen it in a pencil sharpener. To get a perfect fit you want it to get stuck on the taper.
The better, but more labor intensive, option is to get a scrap piece of maple, and sand the endgrain so you have very fine sawdust. Pack the sawdust into the holes and put in a drop or two of CA glue. Level the glue to the height of the varnish using this method:
Thanks ! Toothpicks will do ! I don't mind much if it's still visible, but I want to get rid of the holes.
Neck bolts on the Budget Tele