COMPLETED -- $100 Telecaster Challenge-The $124.01 CADocaster

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martyb1

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Well my wife will probably divorce me but.................
I go away for a day and I find this
I have to give it a try.Things have been pretty busy at work and I have WAY to many builds going but why not.
If this keeps guys coming to the best forum on the internet I will try to do my part
Since the wood cost does not count in the total,I am actually going stray away from the dark side and actually use some real wood.
I have a couple swamp ash blanks here so I will use one of them
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They actually have some pretty nice grain
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So it was off to the jointer so Icould get this blank glued up tonight
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Since I have a few days off I better get a good start on this.
The fastest I have ever finished a complete build was the "Gift" and that one took 6 weeks:eek:
Got a few ideas to maybe make this one a bit different ;)
The end grain matched up quite well
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Well I have the day off,waiting on stuff for some other builds so.......
I got up and pulled the clamps this morning and decided on which way to use the blank
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Then I set my master template on and positioned it to where I wanted it and traced around it

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Then it was off to the bandsaw to rough cut it

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Now the template goes on and off to the router
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I set up a 3/4"x1 1/2" pattern bit in the table.
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Then I made one pass

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Off comes the template and then I use the routed part as the template and make another couple passes

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This is when I find is the worst time for tearouts.A nice sharp bit helps.I change to a flush trim bit,turn the blank over and do the parts that tend to tear out the worst backwards.Then I do the final pass

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After the final pass we have what resembles a tele:D
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Now the template goes back on and off to the drill press to do the neck mounting and string through holes.I don't go all the way through,just enough so I have a good guide after the template comes off

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While the template is on I do the cavities.I set up my hand held router and a pattern bit

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I use my digital caliper to measure the depths.I set it to 3/4",then zero it.
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Now I just start making passes,checking my depths until I have them deep enough

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I go as deep as I can with this bit with the template on.Just have to make sure I get deep enough I can remove the template to finish them but don't have to make a real deep first cut.
We have cavities
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Now with the template removed it's back to the drill press to finish the neck mounting holes,making sure I keep the body tight to the sacrificial table so I get no blowout when the bit comes through and make sure I move to a fresh spot for each hole

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And here we sit.

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Time to have a shower and so skating with my daughter.Maybe when I get home I will tackle some more
 

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That's a really nice body. I wish I had some of that just lying around. You wouldnt believe how hard it to find that stuff out here. Windsor Plywood carries it but at $23 bf. and the quality isnt that great.
 

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That's a really nice body. I wish I had some of that just lying around. You wouldnt believe how hard it to find that stuff out here. Windsor Plywood carries it but at $23 bf. and the quality isnt that great.

I was actually given this by a guy that was going to try to build a guitar.He just never got around to it.
It was either use this or the one piece mahogany blank I have.Thats all I have here at the moment.The closest place for me to even buy a 2x4 is 50 miles away so it would not make much sense driving that far to buy some "cheap" wood so I could go in the challenge.Believe me I searched the farm looking for something but I could not even find any OSB;)
Too bad I would not have waited to do this
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Pretty much used up all my scrap pieces on this :(
 

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That scrapycaster is pretty cool Marty but Paul's not counting the price of the wood anyway.

BTW - that's one sweet looking piece of ash you got there.

Wait a minute, that's not what I meant............
 
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The toughest part of the challenge will be the neck.I do not have the tools or the time to build one so we can't do that.
A while back on evilbay I made an offer on a Eden neck for $20 and was surprised he took it.Since I have received many emails from him trying to sell me more for that same price.Actually it is a pretty decent neck for $20
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Only one thing,it's left handed........
There is actually even a bit of flame in the maple
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Tough to see in the pics
It does have a pretty glossy finish but it seems very well done
There is only one problem with it and thats the reason it is still sitting in the cupboard........
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The heel is quite a bit smaller than Fender specs.I guess now is as good of time as any to use it,but first I need a template to do the neck pocket
 

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I have never made a template like this before so we will see how it turns out
First I mounted my master neck template to the 3/4 MDF.
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I drilled the index holes into the stringthrough holes and dropped a pin in each
This will be how I line it up on the body.Now I clamped the neck to the bottom edge of the master template.I figured I better use that as a starting point or I will have a huge neck shelf.
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Now I removed the master but leave the neck clamped to the MDF

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I cut a long strip off a piece of scrap and run it through the jointer to give me a nice straight edge.I then cut it into three pieces.
Then I screwed them tight to the edges of the neck,doing the back of the heel first and then the sides
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Now it was just a matter of going to the bandsaw and taking out the major part of the MDF and then to the router table.
I used a 1/2" flush trim bit to take out the remaining MDF.I then chucked up a smaller bit and did the corners to get the correct radius for the corners of the heel.These Eden necks have a very small radius on the corners so there will be some more trimming for a good fit
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I pulled the strips off and tried it
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Pretty decent fit
I am happy :D
 
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