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Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by anyone, Mar 1, 2014.
I gotta say, I like that body shape, too. How did paste wax work as a release agent for the epoxy?
You must have done that a few times before...
Great job, the carve looks great.
Yeah, awesome carve!
Nice work on carved top. I really like where this is headed
It worked pretty well for the epoxy putty. Came out clean after a couple firm wiggles...
Angled headstocks and fretslots...
Gratuitous caliper shot:
"I can tell that we are gonna be friends..."
I can!t believe I missed this. A simple build, huh? Looks awesome, Chris
Yeah, me, too, Sanchez, I thought I'd checked out all the builds, but jeez--I missed this one??
Chris, it's looking really good. The fretboard "inlay" is a smashing idea, and can't wait to see how the neck is gonna land in that beautifully carved body!
Thanks, Dano! Yeah... I couldn't quite follow through on the simple part... (haha)
Yeah, I'm pretty eager for that part too!
It'll be happening pretty soon...
Gluing in the fretboard
I used West Systems epoxy to glue in the fretboard, mainly because I didn't want any moisture messing with the neck at this point. Since I'm such a parsimonious kinda fella, I used the left over epoxy to toughen up the edges of my mdf templates. Then I cleaned up the squeeze-out with acetone (last pic).
The fretboard is a beauty !
Yes indeed! Great job Chris!
Nut slot, headstock, and some more neck shaping
Here's my fancy nutslotting setup. (Nothing worth stealing...)
Then I carpet-taped a piece of mdf to the face of the headstock so that I could run it against the fence of the bandsaw to cut the back of the headstock. I didn't get a pic until later, though.... I also cut a little in to the body blank in anticipation of routing the neck pocket:
Then I did some more shaping on the bandsaw...
and refined it further on the ROSS (no pic though) and with a half-round file:
Using a spiral flush trim bit to clear the neck pocket area:
Removing excess material via forstner bit:
(I love the smell of maple chips!)
Routing out the pocket:
(Now you see why I haven't cut out the body outline yet... I like the extra stability of the body blank and the ease of attaching templates to what will soon just be off-cuts anyway.)
Enjoying the satisfaction of an extremely tight neck-joint:
Patiently (okay... that's not quite the right word here...) waiting for the pup cavities and freedom from the block-shaped prison:
So is THIS what mojotron meant when he said he routed his neck pocket backwards??
Great job on the fretboard and I love the figuring on the wood.
I like the methods you're using and am learning a lot.
I did an inlaid fretboard last year and used router bushings.
You still need a template, but no sanding required to get
fretboard to fit the cavity just right.