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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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    Well I finally got around to getting a bit of work done on the bodies. First I had to make a template to rout the neck pockets. I didn't take any pictures of the process but I ended up with a nice snug fit.

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    Template mounted to the first body... Router ready to work...

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    I take out about 1/8" per pass until the pocket is 5/8" deep.

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    Nice fit! Now I do that 2 more times.

    Next I will work on positioning the bridges... but that might be a couple days from now.

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    Last night I marked out and drilled my neck mounting holes. Its a pretty basic operation and we've all seen it here dozens of times but I've got a neat little tool for marking the centers. Its a hinge screw center punch.

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    It has a bevelled end and a spring loaded pointed punch.

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    The bevelled end seats into the bevelled screw holes on neck plates and bridges so that you can mark your screw holes accurately.

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    Mine is a Stanley tool that I bought at the local hardware store several years ago but Lee Valley also sells a similar thing.

    CLICK - Lee Valley
     
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    So anyway, I clamp my plate in place and with a tap of the hammer I mark my 4 holes.

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    And there you have it. I can now proceed to drill out the holes to the correct size for the screws I'm using. Thats my tip for the day. ;)

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    Well I haven't had much time to work on these 3 guitars this past week, but here is a photo of them 3 of them with the necks fitting. I think my next job will be to position and secure the bridges then make a template for the pickguards.

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    Okay, Lets make some pickguards.

    The plan I was given did not have a plan for the pickguard so I have to start from scratch.

    First I draw a line perdendicular to the center line where I want the bottom of the pickguard to be.

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    Then I tape on a piece of bristol board along that line.

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    Flip the body over and trace the shape.

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    After I cut it out, I use my small compass to "trace" a line in about 3/8" from the edge.

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    I also draw the top curve using my normal template as a guide. Once it is all the way I want it I trim it with scissors and transfer the shape onto a scrap of plywood to make my template.

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    I cut that out on the bandsaw, sand it up nice and cut out a notch for the control plate I am going to use.

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    The normal Tele plate looks too big for this smaller body so I have opted to use these shorter plates that I found on ebay. Looks like I'll be using LP style toggle switches instead of the normal blade switches.
     
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    I do a rough trace onto some W/B/W pickguard stock and cut them out on the bandsaw.

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    Then with carpet tape, I attach it to the template.

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    ...drill a couple holes for the pickup...

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    Then with a template bit I cleanup the edges and then add a bevel with a bevelled bit.

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    I still have to cut the notch for the bridge, but I'll show you how and why I do that separately later on.

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    Ever since my wife dislocated her shoulder a couple weeks ago I haven't had much of a chance to work on these guitars, but yesterday I managed to get in the shop long enough to make a template for the control cavity.

    I started with a suitable size piece of MDF.

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    Then I screwed my control plate down onto the MDF and traced the outline with a pencil.

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    With a 1-1/8" forstner bit I drill a hole at each end of the area. I draw a line between the tangents and rough cut between the holes with a jigsaw. Then with a straight edge taped to the template and a template bit in my router table I make a nice straight cut between the holes.

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    Finally I use my spindle sander and a course sleeve to lengthen the cavity into the tapered end of the plate.

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    What a great and helpful thread! I haven't followed it for
    most of the summer but am catching up now and learning
    lots of useful things.

    It was nice to see how you do fretting with just a few
    simple tools. I want to do a neck this fall and your
    photos and explanation give me confidence.
     
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    I'm glad you are finding this useful.

    Hopefully I will be able to get some more work done this weekend so I can try and keep this thread a bit more current.
     
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    jkingma, could you tell why and how you do this? Just curious ;)
     
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