COMPLETED --$100 Telecaster Challenge - Ketchup Caster

Discussion in '2009 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Mark-00255, Feb 14, 2009.

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  1. Mark-00255

    Mark-00255 Tele-Holic

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    Thanks Murray! I think my test above showing that I can get 25 1/2 inches on the bridge at the high E means it will intonate. It will be a long throw from the string through holes to the saddles though!
     
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    Yeah, I thought it was strange, too, Jack. I’ve seen silly ads for necks on the bay that spout a skunk stripe as some kind of cool feature! Maybe the manufacturer uses the two-piece approach because they get more necks out of their maple boards – they can save the nice even grain stuff for fingerboards. Don’t know if that makes sense, but maybe.

    I think I can take off ¼ … that would give me some more room on the bridge, and might make the long neck not as obvious when playing. And I have to think that would steer clear of the truss rod. Here’s a ¼ mark on the bottom (oh, and I finally sanded down the dowels:
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    I don't have a saw that would be up to this challenge, but think I could rout it!! That way I could get consistent depth too.
     
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    I had the neck problem, too. Jwells had the answer. Had I owned a table saw, I would have followed his advice, too. I ended up using a mitre saw, and I almost got it right. The neck now fits, but the heel isn't going to win any beauty pageants.
     
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    Didn't have much chance to work tonight, but I marked out a little more thoroughly how I think I'll cut the neck heel:
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    I figure I have to decide to go for it tomorrow, or just accept the long neck and intonate with long saddle screws. Meanwhile, I was touching up some dust spots on my rear rout cover and sprayed another coat of black fusion, and this happened:
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    Yuck - paint bacteria! Obviously I've sanded it down, but I may have to use some mineral spirits and start over on the black on this thing. No great loss if I have to cut a whole new piece - except for the copper tape already on the other side!

    My finishing plan goes like this, starting tomorrow night after work with wet-sanding, then resuming Friday night and Saturday:

    • Wet Sand Body and Headstock
    • Polish Bridge
    • Drill Neck Mount Holes in Body
    • Re-Drill String-Through Holes
    • Buff Body
    • Fit and Mount Ferrules
    • Drill Volume and Tone Pot Holes
    • Attach Neck
    • Align and Drill Bridge
    • Install Pickup and Pots and Wire it up
    • String 'er up and shoot video of first twang!

    Something like that anyways! It has been a fun journey, that's for sure!
     
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    yep, looks like a job for a router w/ a pattern bit to me. and hope like heck you don't hit the truss rod :eek::D
     
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    Hey Mark,

    Got my NYC necks today and the back of the maple one has 5 holes in it - the centre one at the heel is well past the last fret so you won't hit the truss rod if you cut yours back.

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    Cheers,

    Murray
     
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    Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

    Decided to go for it on the neck heel. My objective – use my router to cut off about 5/16 and leave an equal 5/16 overhang over the body. Here’s the make-shift jig setup:
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    Router Path:
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    First Cut is straight, with a slight tear-out on the right, but … it ain’t level:
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    Needed to shim the left side of the neck, under the t-shirt, using a piece of cedar shingle … second cut:
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    Better. Now re-set the jig to go lower to the final depth, 5/16 from the top at the side of the neck:
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    And here’s the final cut. Flat, but a little tear-out on the right, and a little seam:
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    – I’m not worried, though. Remember I have the World’s Best Sandpaper! ;) Rough out the corners and fix the seam:
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    Smooth it all out – no flash this time:
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    Test it in the neck template – dang, that might just work:
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    And test it in the real thing – just can’t resist:
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    Remember in that last shot, it’s not screwed down. It’ll be nice and snug. Here’s a scale length test – last try at this I had the saddle screw almost all the way out to get it long enough – this time it’s screwed in quite a ways:
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    That … will … work! As the kids say, I am stoked! I’ll probably take tomorrow afternoon off and get busy wet sanding the top and back.
     
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    nice save!
     
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    Nice recovery. SWEET!
     
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    What is that green stuff and where can I get some???
    I see others using stuff that looks like it but theres is white-ish.
     
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    Looks like the same material they make cutting boards out of. Wal-Mart has 'em and so does Bed, Bath & Beyond.
     
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    I know the grain did not get filled completely, but the sinking of the finish into the grain I love personally. I could care less if a finish is like that or perfectly filled and the finish flat, actually on nice wood like that and ash etc I prefer the sinking. It is wood for Pete's sake I say. ;)
     
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    this is just WOW...
    absolutely beautiful...



     
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    Dude I'm totally Stoked for you. ;) Great job on saving that neck. It fits beautifully now.
     
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    Love the grain pattern on your guitfiddle, and the bridge and knobs look fantastic.
     
  19. Mark-00255

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    Yes - it's cutting board from a local grocery cash-and-carry type of joint. My white is the same stuff.
     
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    Thank you, Nick - you're too kind. My build seems to have alternated between some stuff that worked really well and some stuff where I made some real bonehead mistakes!
     
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