"51 Tele crate top build

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  1. LowNote

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    Newbee here and I thought I would post my build. It is a '51 Tele crate top.

    I have to give credit to a couple of other luthiers (DarkHorse and Scott at Grove Guitars) for the insperation.

    As said it is a crate top. For those of youn that don't know what a crate top is it's wooden crate used for the top. I chose to use a dynamite crate that I bought on ebay.

    The body is mahogany. The neck will be a three piece laminated maple with a maple fret board, duel action truss rod. The maple I got from a friend that scored it from an old gym floor that goin to the trash. 800 square feet of it.:D

    Electronics will be passive Seymous Duncan SCPB-3 (single coil).

    So, on with the build.
     

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  2. LeftyAl

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    Get her going ,LowNote.I'll be watching. sounds like it will be a fun build
     
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    With the body template made and the blanks glued up I ruff cut the body and chambered it.

    I hogged out the most part with a bore bit and then took the router to it.

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  4. R. Stratenstein

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    Cool. I wuz gonna come up with a terrible pun along the lines of you having a blast building it, but that would be too tacky. . . .:rolleyes:
     
  5. LowNote

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    I had thought about putting a mudbucker in it but, it might sound too boomy.
    haha!:lol:
     
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    Oh, jeez, I hope I didn't start something :D

    BTW, howcum I can never find a dumpster full of thick, hard, straight, gym floor maple somebody is throwing away? You are a lucky dog, LowNote!
     
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    My friend is "glazier" (installs windows). He has his own company and he installed the windows at a university. He got as much that he could load on his truck, three pallets stacked about three and a half feet high.

    When he gets a remodel job he is always on the look out for wood.

    LowNote

    PS: Let's have fun with the puns
    It's all about having fun any way
     
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  8. Glen Smith

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    Alright! Is this going to be a blast from the past?
     
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    being ex Military EOD this one is awesome. Looking forward to seeing progress
     
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    blastercaster
     
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    Been working on the top. Took some time trimming the finger joints to fit some what evenly. Some trimming with the table saw, chisel, and exacto knife. I did have a a piece break because of a crack I didn't see. When I glued the pieces together I made sure to run a bead along the bottom edge to make sure that there was no squeeze out on the top.


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    Next up is to finish getting the top ready to glue to the body. When I was ruff cutting the top pieces one of them seperated because of a crack I didn't see. Looks like Michigan. A little bit of glue and all is good.

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  13. LowNote

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    Let's do an "F" hole!

    I applied blue tape to the top because it won't stick too much and pull pieces off. With regular masking tape I fastened the template and used drill bits for the ends of "F". Cut the rest with a coping saw. A little filing and sanding and it's all cleaned up.

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    Bet when you dime it up, it'll have explosive sound. But be sure to use the right caps.

    Oh, yeah, and you'll definitely want a "nitro" finish.:D
     
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    Wow...Stratenstein you're pretty sharp.

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    While playing this guitar, if someone bothers you, just say "don't light my fuse"!
    Hey, there you go, incorporate a fuse.
     
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    I'm making progress. The body is ready for the finish.
    I did the final shaping of the body before I glued the top on.
    With the edges of the Mahogany taped off to avoid staining from the squeeze out I epoxied the top on.
    Trimmed the top with a bottom bearing trim bit.
    The edges were radiused with a 3/8" round over and the sides and back sanded to 320.
    With the top piece taped off I applied black grain filler to the Mahogany. Used Stewmac's Timber Mate filler. This stuff is great. Water based, dries fast and sands without loading up.
    Final sanding to 320.
    All cavities and holes are routed and drilled.
     

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    Ok, the finish has been applied. I used Target water born clear coat. Brushed on 9 coats sanded between each application. Looks nice, now I get to wait four days to completely dry.

    I have a Squire jazz neck that I will use as a temporary until the permanent neck is done. I have to make a hood for my drum sander so i can attach a vacuum to control the dust. I should be able to get back to the neck in a day or two.

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    Nice progress!
     
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    I'm surprised the finish turned out so nice!
     
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