COMPLETED - lbridenstine's black walnut guitar

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by lbridenstine, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. kissTheApex

    kissTheApex Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks. Mine is nothing special but I think it is better to finish with a guitar than biting more than I can chew :)...

    Inlay idea sounds great, I have no idea how hard it would be to pull off, but definitely would look stunning.
     
  2. axedaddy

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    GREAT work so far.

    I see the face, but it looks more like Megatron to me. :)
     
  3. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I love walnut too, especially on guitars. :) I'm glad you guys agree.

    I never knew it could be that durable. That's interesting.

    We'll see. I downloaded a trial of Adobe Illustrator last night, so I'll see if that helps me come up with something. Or I might just try to sketch it on paper. I might do something else instead if the fox doesn't work out.

    Thanks!

    I knew other people would see faces in there too. Bookmatched wood, especially with strange figuring on that always seems to have that effect.

    This is kind of what I was seeing:

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  4. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I've posted these in other threads, but here is how some of the wood looks with naptha.

    The parts of the maple I'm using for the neck and fretboard are the edges with the brown cutting to white. I think the fretboard will have slightly less flame than the neck.

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    This was before the walnut was bookmatched and the inside looks better. :)

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    Wow these are really nice flames! Will make a lovely guitar!
     
  6. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I can't wait to see the whole thing put together with finish on! I'm wondering if I should try to accentuate the flame with dye or not.
     
  7. jim the plumber

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    that is nice cant wait to see more
     
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    i have to get some nice looking wood for next challenge stop shopping at home depot
     
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    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

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    Please do so I can learn how to do mine. ;)

    That wood is gorgeous. This is gonna be a sweet build.
     
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    Lisa.. Make some sawdust!
     
  11. ajr969

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    Walnut is one of my favorite species to work with - my challenge build last year used a figured walnut top, but it wasn't anywhere near as nice as what you've got here. I'll echo what the others have said about looking forward to seeing this one come together.
     
  12. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Gilding the lily, IMO. Just oil finish, it'll be spectacular, and look about 100 ft. deep.
     
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    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    That is some serious timber you've got there Lisa! It's gonna be a gorgeous instrument!
     
  14. Onebean

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    That Walnut is beautiful! Great looking dog. I'm a big fan of black labs.

    Onebean
     
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    I feel the same way. I have a strange urge to dye my zebrawood purple.
     
  16. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I bought all of this at Menard's. :lol:

    Next post.

    It was cold today! But I did some stuff in the basement.

    I always have to watch all the walnut guitar builds. :) It's such a great looking wood.

    Gliding the lily?

    Thanks. :) I'm excited about it.

    Thanks! She's actually a charcoal lab, but it's really hard to tell in pictures unless she's next to a dog that's black or with the sun shining right on her.

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    She was a lighter grey when she was a little pup. :)

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    That would be really cool to see. Try it on scraps and see how it looks.
     
  17. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I cut out the veneer to go under the top.

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    Sucks that I had to add like 2 mm to each side...

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    And I tested the dye, because I couldn't help it. I had to see how it looks. I tested every color except yellow.

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    Wet:

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    Should have wore gloves...

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    Rainbow:

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    The blue must have been too dilluted.

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    It blends nicely. :)

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    I'm going to sand back the smaller blocks of black, brown, and amber and see how those look with finish. The rest of this was just for my own enjoyment to try dying.

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    I'm leaning towards the brown or amber right now, if any at all. I really like how all of them look though. I've had 2 people tell me already that they'd like to see the neck or fretboard look this way (all colors), haha.
     
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    Looking great so far! I like the red dye but you're probably right to stick to natural colors.
     
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    Wow this is starting to look pretty cool. Love the face in the walnut. The flame is pretty nice too.
     
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    All those dye cups remind me of Easter. :lol: With awesome grain like that, you can't lose, whatever color you choose, but if I had purple dye, I don't think I could resist making a purple guitar....
     
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