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another lazy Saturday and a piuece or Garolite..

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Ronkirn, Aug 4, 2007.

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  1. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    another lazy Saturday and a piece of Garolite..

    So anyway, it’s Saturday, hotter ‘n black tar road on a barefoot day, and I’m wondering what to do……


    Hey, the Garolite, AKA, Bakelite, AKA, Phenolic arrived Friday, soooo what the heck….

    First thing is to rough it to a workable blank, I used a plain ‘ol band saw with a 4 hook blade. No chipping, none, and a 4 hook is about as course as you can get…

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    Then it’s pretty much straight forward…. Double stick tape to a template…

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    Buzz the bugger with your trusty table router.

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    Use a router bit that has a radius consistent with the edges of your neck, they are not all alike.

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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    Once the edges and pickup hole is cut, drill the 8 or 5 if your picky, holes..

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    and for this kinda stuff, a drill press is really the only way to go…… skip that 14th Tele and get some tools…

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    Now ya countersink the holes, You will notice the ragged edges.. not to worry…. I’ll get to that later…

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    How I do it is to countersink one to about where it needs to be, checking with a screw. Then I lock the drill Press in that position, and place sheets of card stock (heavy paper) under the pickguard to bring it up a touch until the countersink is perfect.

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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    Once that’s done, it’s just a matter of sanding the “ragged edges”

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    and the countersunk screw holes….

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    after which I sanded the complete surface,

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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    I then sprayed it… On these first prototypes I used some miracle clear, so it would be hard in about 2 seconds.. so I could see what it would come out like,

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    Not too shabby, and they have a look or quality you just don’t get in a plastic PG… from this point, I’ll wet sand, and buff.. I’m pretty darn happy with the stuff.

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Bravo!

    Bravo!

    A pickguard tutorial just about when I am starting to think about making pickguards for the doubleneck beasts.

    Thanks much!

    By the way...low 70s and rain today...eat your heart out! ;)
     
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    Thanks again Ron!
    Is there anything you can't do :lol:
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    I can't do Brain Surgery.... I tried... poor guy is still droolin' .. . I just do stuff... If it doesn't work. . I delete the photos.. that way I look good.... : )~

    The Garolite is quite easy to work, not as easy as the plastic we're all used to, but it's not a big problem..... once the clear coat, and about any clear will work, it looks great...

    Shoot, I', betting I could scratch one up... put it on eBay, on the end of a long line with a BIG hook and catch a sucker.....

    Nah,,,,,,


    Ron Kirn
     
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    One Million thanks!!!

    I love to see this stuff being made! Great Posting!
     
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    Make sure you set it on a can to dry...
     
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    Great Ron. Now where do you get the stuff?
     
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    Nice info...Thanks Ron!
     
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    Outstanding thread....thanks much for sharing.
     
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    Thanks Ron, very useful info.
     
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    Actually, Ron,it would be a lot more tempting to make that 14th Tele one of yours, and let you get more power tools!
     
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    Day two of the Great Garolite adventure….

    So after allowing the Wonder clear to cure over night…. We attack it with a little mineral spirits and 600 grit wet or dry……

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    then follow up with 1500 grit….. and begin buffing……. I just used Meguiars Cleaner Car wax here so if you like you can find it locally.

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    The results are spectacular… I really cannot tell ya how pleased I am with this stuff… I just wish they made it in yellow and purple sparkle Mother of Pearl so Steve could get a little inspiration to do something interesting….

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    Still havin’ fun….

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Wow
    Looks great!
    We will have to beware ;)
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    Jack,

    Ed put me onto it last week... I got it from http://www.mcmaster.com/ their part number: 85315K291 it’s 36 X 48 X 1/16 inch and cost was 36 bux shipped...

    It works much like Formica, another theromoset plastic laminate, so working the stuff really isn't a big deal.

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Formica!

    Now there MAY be sparkle Formica available.

    It sort of looks like Garolite, by definition, is black. That is good, and bad.
     
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    What diameter can should we set these pickguards on when we spray them.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    I sat mine on 2 lead ingots... I didn't want 'em to blow away.....

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