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A Trio of Tiny Teles.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jkingma, May 4, 2010.

  1. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A friend of mine has 3 grandsons between the ages of 8 and 10 and he has asked me to build him 3 short scale guitars that he can give to them next Christmas.

    I happen to have a copy of a set of plans for a short scale Tele that spyderxxx gave me last fall so I'll have to get them dug out and start making some templates.

    My friend also wants me to use wood that he harvested himself out of his wood-lot. So the guitars (bodies and necks) will be made from red oak. I'll likely use rosewood for the fretboards, but he has also given me some hickory that might be suitable as well.

    So stay tuned... but don't hold your breath... I'll likely have a bit of a slow start with these.
     
  2. ColeRyan

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    Sounds like an incredible undertaking!! Under your advisement, I won't hold my breath, but can't wait to see some advancement with this!!
     
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    Sweet! That is going to be one hell of a project. Cant wait to see it develop!
     
  4. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the oak. It was harvested 2 years ago and has been drying in my furnace room for about 8 months.

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  5. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    And my templates have been started as well. You can see the size compared to my standard size tele templates.

    IIRC the scale length is 23 inches.

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    Picton Friend of Leo's

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    I do love oak. To me, it's got the most "woodlike" grain and figure patterns of any widely available wood (if that makes any sense). And the flecks on that quartersawn piece are insane!

    Should look great... I'm looking forward to this.
     
  7. jkingma

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    Well here are the 3 body blanks glued up and in the clamps. Tonight I'll run them through the planer and get them down to the right thickness. Which for these little ones, might be 1 1/2 inches.

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  8. jkingma

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    And here are the 3 neck blanks cut to rough square size.

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  9. jkingma

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    I got the body and neck templates completed and sanded smooth then I did the rough cut out on the bodies...

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    And the necks...

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  10. blargfromspace

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    Mandocasters!!!
     
  11. szechuanking

    szechuanking Tele-Holic

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    thats ballsy with the oak. although i havent built any guitars of oak, i've built many pieces of furniture with oak and i absolutely hate working with it. it is so unforgiving and requires so much extra attention, and ugh...the smell of it makes me nauseus. plus its heavy as hell. sanding is one of my least favorite things and oak requires a lot of it (in many different stages and grits). hard to cut, hard to rout, hard to drill, hard to plane, hard to carve, hard to sand, hard to finish, etc. etc . i cant even imagine what shaping those necks is going to be like. i feel for you man, but wish you luck.
     
  12. jkingma

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    I've been working with oak for over 30 years and I love it. I've built other guitar bodies (and lots of furniture) from oak in the past and I don't have any problem working with it. Its easier to work with than maple, as far as I'm concerned.
     
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  13. el gordo

    el gordo Tele-Meister

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    I was wondering do you have a copy of the templet you use for the body and neck that you could send me please.I have 2 grand duaghters that are in desprate need of a mini tele.Thanks you sir
     
  14. jkingma

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    PM me with your mailing address and I will send you a copy of the plan that was given to me.
     
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    vtcyclist Tele-Afflicted

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    Looks like a good project. Hopefully those guitars get kept and passed on to the kids kids.

    Of all the wood smells, I like Oak best. Like any hard wood, it does take extra time to work. My wife hates the look of oak and won't allow any oak furniture, staircase, etc in the house. Each to their own eh?
     
  16. jkingma

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    I think walnut is my favorite. I gotta start using it more.
     
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    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    +1 :)
     
  18. jkingma

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    Last night I got the fretboards cut from a couple pieces of rosewood that I have that are too short for a regular scale guitar.

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  19. jkingma

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    And then routed the truss rod chanels.

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    With all the rosewood and cocobolo that I've thicknessed lately, I've really scortched the dickens out of my sanding drum. Time to change the belt.

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