And now for something completely different

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RogerC, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've never used a spokeshave, but it was one of those tools I always wanted to try.

    I got mine from a similar place called Atwoods. Yeah, it worked REALLY well on this neck. It made short work of it for sure.

    Thanks, Reb!

    Thank ya, Rob! This is the first time I've done one, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I definitely wanted to sneek up on it, so it took me a little time, but I'm happy with the result.

    Thanks, Gemini. The only inlay will be the dog head from my avatar inlaid into the headstock. No fretboard inlays. I've got a friend with a really nice CNC laser, and he likes to do stuff for me whenever I need it, so it should turn out pretty nice.

    Thanks, Chris!
     
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  2. Randy Jones

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    That flamed walnut with gold is giving me a classy Lowden electric vibe, if said Lowden hooked up with a Framus Panthera. Very nice!
     
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    How well does a CNC machine do with MOP? I have a logo design that is fairly intricate due to the font being used.
     
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    Great build, I think it'll definitely influence my next spec build.
     
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  5. GunsOfBrixton

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    A CNC can cut MOP just fine. (Talking about a cnc mill, not a laser. Have no idea about cutting it with a laser)
     
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    Thanks for the answer. I was talking about a CNC mill. I wouldn't use a laser.
     
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  7. RogerC

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    My guy uses an industrial laser. He cut and etched this for me out of gold MOP. The whole thing is only about 1" in diameter, so it gets really fine resolution.

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    Wow. That looks great. I think I may look at some fairly inexpensive CNC machines so I can do some inlay work.
     
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    Laser engravers/cutters are ideal for extremely fine work that gets beyond the practical capabilities of a CNC router, even with the smallest tooling available. But for general inlay work in guitar building, CNC routing can absolutely be used for both the pocketing and for creating some or all of the inlay pieces, depending on the material, of course. There are some inlay materials that are still best cut by hand with a traditional fret-saw. The challenge with that and CNC is that "normally" you might create the inlay first, scribe the outline and then create the pocket. When you create the pocket with the CNC and are cutting the inlays manually, you have to adjust your thinking around fitting the inlays into an existing space rather than creating a space to fit the inlays into.
     
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  10. RogerC

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    Just got the body back from the finisher. I am pleased :lol:

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    It's not a perfect finish. The ledges definitely gave him fits, and there are a few other small spots, but overall I'm really happy with it.
     
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    dang...

    but DANG...
     
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    That looks great Roger!!
     
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    That's truly beautiful.

    As a program note...the ledges are going to bring a challenge to even the best finisher simply because of things like surface tension. The only possible way to somewhat mitigate that is to have a fully radiused transition into the lower level to reduce the "pull" of the corner. It can be done...especially with CNC, but it would also slightly change the appearance of the transition to a "softer" line.
     
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    Oh, my! I knew it was gonna look great, but that's INCREDIBLE looking! Wow!
     
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    This looks sweet.
     
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    Your finisher was worth every penny:)
     
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    How so unlike you Roger, yet beautiful :D. Congrats
     
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    I may have missed it, but if you don't mind, about how much did the finish set you back?
     
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    The finish was $325, but it cost me $40 in shipping to get it back home.

    In spending more time with it and going over it more closely, it’s not quite as perfect as I’d like it to be, but it’s still very nice. I’m probably going to try someone else for the other 4 tele bodies. It’ll be more expensive, but he was recommended by another builder friend of mine who uses him for all of his high-end guitars.
     
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    Thanks, Dave :D. Yeah this one was a radical departure from my usual fare.
     
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