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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by crazydave911, Nov 23, 2020.
Well my son who owes me money ordered my chrome moly rods . Been futzing with homemade dye, this is where I am so far
The first is a recipe, the others as is. Yellow, green and uggg, neon purple
What’s wrong with neon purple?? You’re not allowed to use it anyway, I called dibs on that colour for my guitar.
Madame, it's all yours
Why thank you kind sir.
Of course my liege
Well sat down today at my radius bench (full-time router table) and have a few to do
First Lefty, maple is the softest of the lot. I only have an 8" block and use stick-it gold 80 grit. $50 a roll in the size I get and just put new paper on my block. The method to my madness is lay the necks I need to do from right to left, softest to hardest so little Lefty was first and then I put everything the way it was
From right to left, red oak, Indian rosewood then the monster, Brazilian cherry, which seems to be hard and oily at the same time. Up to now I thought desert eucalyptus from down under was the hardest. But nope, I even made pretty fretmarkers out of the leftovers. But Brazilian cherry? I ruined one saw slotting it and burned up burned up a plug cutter making markers so why the block plane (and well used knowledge how to sharpen) ? To precut the radius edges. Some wouldn't dare but I did the oak in 20 minutes and the rosewood in 30. I left the BC for another day, my arms aren't THAT strong yet. So basically three necks in an hour lol. Not bad for an old fart. I immediately noticed some things I'd neglected, drilling the tuner holes and slimming the peghead, also didn't cut the nut position. Although a Fender style neck it have a regular nut. As you can see the radius covered the nut position so it will need to be flattened again in that one area
Then I marked for the peghead thickness and tomorrow the tedious tuner holes. After today may not drill them but will have it layed out. May also grind the fret tangs back but cannot fret it until my steel bar gets here. Well a long dusty day followed by a hot shower so chillax time
Sorry, forgot the pictures
Someday you should buy a laminate trimmer and make my router radius jig out of plywood.
As predicted, pooped today, did a little on the banjo and took stock of a few projects. Did get the nut flat cut and marked an center punched for the tuners
Also did a little thinking (hey,it happens lol) took stock of my aluminum
MAY just be my new bridge
Drilled for the tuners , and it's official, IF I build another 12 eek I'll use a drill press. Got 4 a little off. Looks bad but when the peghead is thinned you'll never notice
Yep, staggered them slightly. I don't normally get wiggle room with Ricky style headstocks
I WAS gonna wait until I had the fretmarkers in but what the heck it's only one coat of TruOil
Sigh, so pretty
Make that two bridges
For this and maybe the tenor?
Well the headstock is officially 9/16"
And now let's look at those tuner holes
Weren't some of those holes off? I guess not
PS- Got three of the frets detanged with my Dremel, now I see how Stew Mac gets by with those hideous prices for that nipper, but for one MAYBE two necks? Hell to the no
For those of you not aware of my history this year you still probably notice I have good days and bad days. I did have to straighten a mess the cats made and was a bit surprised at what fell out. Back when the home owner last bought a washer this was the bowl lock for shipping
Yep, stainless and quarter inch, but round not square . I might chance it on a 6 NOT a 12 (damn life ain't fair)
Well got the tang off 10 frets and have my process down, grind with the Dremel, flatten with a rat tail file then NEXT!
Now maybe a nap lol
Well a very nice new friend sent me various wood for Christmas . He had asked me if I knew about Dymalux and I admitted no clue. He said google when the package arrived. I of course forgot all about it and was overjoyed opening the wood. But there was also this dark fretboard sized thing that weighed over a pound . Yep, Dymalux and he showed me pics from Google showing it sanded and the multiple layers and colors. But it was heavy as my oak bass neck before gluing in the steel rod . That started wheels turning, I still needed rod for this and contrasting skunk stripe. Maybe this could do both? Well today I experimented and took my oldest Japanese saw that still cuts plugs and stuff and tried trimming the end. It was nandiska, wasn't gonna happen. I ended up using my hacksaw, slowly at that. I put a metal cutting blade in my jigsaw to cut a strip and it did, about like cutting 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. Went to the spindle sander to round the ends as I do the steel rod. Well 1 year old sander, new 3" spindle and it stalled the sander twice
Coming back to my room I measured and it was slightly oversize like the stainless rod was. Not a terrible thing because I somehow got the original route off center by about the same amount. So using a router bit in my drill I set four offsets against an aluminum bar and proceeded to cut with my new blade (hey,free physical therapy for my left hand)
Getting ready for this
It ain't steel, but it damn sure ain't wood either
I just googled Dymalux. Looks like you could get very creative with this product.
Don't you have a router table?
Well yes but on a piece this small? By the time I had the big router in, found the 1/2" bits, setup the fence? I could have sanded 6. Only needed an 1/8" off and it's only 12" long SOooooooo