Body sanding - the yoga of guitar building

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  1. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I’m doing a ‘Pub Challenge’ build, details here:

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/pub-challenge-me-and-my-big-mouth.962638/#post-9202319

    This afternoon was set aside for body preparation following me drilling the jack cup hole and wiring channel holes and I spent two hours sat outside my kitchen, a veritable suntrap, sanding away.

    It was so relaxing! It’s been a while since I’ve done a build and really enjoyed sat in the sunshine following the wonderful curves of this Tele body. Better than yoga (disclaimer: I’ve never actually done yoga :lol:).

    I find nut work equally relaxing.

    Anyone else find certain aspects of guitar building relaxing?

    :) Peter
     

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  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sanding, fretting, hand shaping, soldering and assembly, all fun and relaxing.

    Routing? the least relaxing. Buffing? the most annoying.
     
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    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I’m not a fan of soldering.

    I can solder but it’s one of my least favourite tasks.

    :) Peter
     
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    Must be the way I like to make everything neat and clean :)

    Excuse the sloppy work:

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    All so similar to what I did for 50 years as a cabinet and furniture maker the work is just that. The end result and the initial creative decisions are the fun for me. I keep thinking I won't build anymore and then I see a few unused parts or a piece of wood in the attic and think I need to build another.
     
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    Wow! That is neat!



    It did occur to me that if I had another 20 bodies to sand, plus a deadline, would it be as much fun.

    ;) Peter
     
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    I hate sanding.

    Since I got a stand for my hand drill, I love drilling. Even through metal.
     
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    Fretwork is my favorite! It's the most finicky, but the results are so worth it.
     
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    Absolutely!!! :)

    After about 6 or 8 hours, my old gal comes to check on me and remind me to eat, and she usually finds me plugging away in a tranced-out condition :).







    Best Regards,
    Geo.
     
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  10. Mr_Q

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    I don't love it either. I just finished sanding a rosewood fretboard and that stuff is everywhere.

    Consider getting some scrapers. After getting better with a scraper, I find less sanding is necessary. Sharpening them is a bit of a trick, but there's a bunch of YouTube vids to help learn that.

    Cheers,
    ~Q
     
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    for the record the pub challenges I recall were very different from yours... in fact they didn't involve guitars at all. must've been doing it wrong. Your wiring is well planned and executed. nice work.
     
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