Building a guitar. . . . Hummmm...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ronkirn, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I can’t think of a better place to share the build process…

    This is day one……

    In the beginning……
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    a few passes through a planer…..

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    and a tracing of the body…. I know this it tough stuff…. Y’all takin’ notes I hope….

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    and a date with the band saw…..

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    more to come……
     
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  2. Ronkirn

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    Since the object is to remove anything that doesn’t look like a guitar….

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    and none of this looked much like the Tele either…

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    Now through a panel sander to insure perfectly flat and parallel surfaces.

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    retrace the body’s outline and mark the center at both ends….

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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Now, since we want a wild flame Maple top, find a nicely figured book match set of Maple Veneer.

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    Check the mating edges for a perfect match, if there are any nicks, there always are, you will need to remove ‘em

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    What I do is sandwich the sheets between two scraps of Corian I have prepared a perfectly straight and smooth edge. . . and clamp it securely. . .

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    using a router with a pattern tracing bearing cut a sharp crisp edge..

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    Once the edges are prepped, match the grain and tape the 2 pieces together, as you are applying the tape, press the 2 edges together to get a nice tight seam. . .

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    Using the tools of choice, rough out the veneer top. . .

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    OH…. At this point get all the paraphernalia necessary to clamp the body and veneer. There are a number of ways to do this, this is simply the method I use, using stuff about any good shop will have available.
     
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    I apply glue to both the body and the back side of the veneer, using good ‘ol yellow carpenter’s glue and a paint roller to make sure I have a smooth consistent film of glue on both surfaces.

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    once we're at this point, I place the veneer on the body using the center marks to align with the center seam in the veneer… then I use a back piece to protect the body from the pressure of the clamps. On the top, I place a film of mylar from a new trash bag, then a pad of a soft material, I use one of those “so slip” work bench pads, then a cap of particle board, and a clamp or two to hold it all secure.

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    When you apply pressure, the veneer may try to slip off center, so check, check, and check again. Not a lot of clamp pressure is required because the soft pad compresses and supplies a pretty even pressure across the surface.

    At this point, I’ll sit it aside for a day to dry thoroughly. Since I’ll be tied up Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be later this week before I attack the poor little hunk of wood again…

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Wow, all that in one day? This is going to be another fun thread to watch!
    Keep up the good work!
     
  7. need2retire

    need2retire Tele-Meister

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    Thanks Ron!!! I will be following this thread.

    This is getting dangerous for me. I've been spending a lot of time on tdpri and not on my work. I'm having fun though.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    A bad day on the TDPRI (if possible) is better than a good day at work... well unless your work is standing knee deep in wood shavings that didn't look like a Tele..

    Ron Kirn
     
  9. milkshape

    milkshape Tele-Holic

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    Lookin' great RK,
    Is it gonna get a binding? Curious to see how the veneer joint will be hidden, or is the veneer just too thin to worry about it? All in good time I imagine.

    Thanks for sharing,
     
  10. BritishBluesBoy

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    Thanks for sharing this Ron. It's an absolute pleasure to see how you work...

    Cheers!
     
  11. aznrambo481

    aznrambo481 Friend of Leo's

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    that's cool! I'll be following this for sure.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Yep.. . Binding.... it'll be a honey brown 'burst and a dark brown transparent finish on the back of the one piece Mahogany body.

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Oooo! I get to see how somebody else does binding!

    Looks like Brock has something to look forward to.
     
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    Wild Rice Chris Friend of Leo's

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    Hey Ron, are you a tape or rubber band binding guy?

    Looks nice, even if it is veneer. ;]
     
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    Will be following this too, Ron. Great stuff.

    Have you ever used a vacuum bagging technique to glue a veneer?
     
  16. ehawley

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    You'll have to show him how to glue his fingers together!!;)
    Looking good Ron...can't wait!
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Typically, tape, but whatever is at hand. I'm a "make it up as you go" kinda guy. I don't encounter "problems" as I proceed through a project, just new opportunities to learn. That's what makes this so dawggone fun.

    rk

    [webmaster edit] I asked Ron to remove a few commercial references in this post. Now, back to the build.[edit]
     
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  18. Spidercaster

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing Ron.
     
  19. Atrox

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    Subscribed! Looking forward to this build.

    Binding.. the butterfly of guitar building. Starts off ugly... ends up beautiful.
     
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    A craftsman and a comedian.. I like it! Hee Hee!!

    (Power's definitely off at my place!)

    Cheers!
     
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