COMPLETED - Patsanger's Pistachio Tele!

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

  1. patsanger

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    If you look you can see the graft line in the woods. Apparently the trees can be grafted a few times before they have to be completely replaced, and so they are typically seen grafted. When they are fully pulled up they can be salvaged and used for some wood - hence how you can see the graft here.

    I got it from - http://oregonwildwood.com/guitar-wood/solid-body-electric-guitar-woods/pistachio-top-sets.html

    I think I am going to put the graft at the neck side of the top.
     
  2. XxJoshxX

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    You have an Ormsby on the way, right?
     
  3. axedaddy

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    Great wood choice. Mike Tobias said that the Pistachio he has been using on his high end basses is his favorite wood right now.
     
  4. patsanger

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    Yup, and the builds get started soon...
     
  5. patsanger

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    I've been slammed with a bunch of non-tele work stuff and so I have been stuck just making my templates and stuff. I got some new equipment from my wife (sander, drill press and band saw) since she thinks it's cool that I am finally doing this type of stuff. So I am learning those as well. I should be cutting and doing the majority of the work within a week.
     
  6. patsanger

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    Wheee! Let's get this started!
    Ok - proof of woods was first pic earlier - check

    So I made my body template and sanded it down then traced it onto that nice piece of white limba
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    Then I cut it out with my new bandsaw (my wife got me new tools as a surprise!)
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    and sanded it closer to the line

    and I was playing with my router to get it to work right... started getting the template and bearing to touch before I had to quit for the night.
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    Hopefully tomorrow I can plow ahead with it some more.
     
  7. Jfellows

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    Glad to see you making progress on this Pat! Looking forward to it.
     
  8. patsanger

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    Finished routing the exterior of the body and then found that I used waaaaaay to much double sided duct tape. 30 minutes later I finally got the template off. Dang!

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    The white limba has a cool pattern and now I'm thinking about saving the pistachio and just making this a white limba tele... hmm
     
  9. barbrainy

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    Ooooh, that is a nice pattern! Kind of looks like water cascading down a windowpane....
     
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    :eek: But...bu...but...then it won't be....Pistachio colored! :eek:


    It does look pretty nice though :D
     
  11. hemingway

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    I vote pistachio! I vote pistachioooo!!
     
  12. patsanger

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    Spent most of the day trying to get a thinline template to work and gave up. I'm going to chamber it, but keep the top solid (like Lucille).

    After I cleaned up I realized I needed to glue the top so I went and tried to edge/router trick.

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    And that almost worked, so a little sanding got it to be about where it needed to be and I did the tape join idea.

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    and then weighted it -
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    a quick wipe of thinner before gluing just to look at it..
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    whee!
     
  13. hemingway

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    That is spectacular wood!
     
  14. Model T

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    Sticking with the pistachio was a good idea. It's gonna look really nice.
     
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    It took me a couple of passes and adjustments but I got my router to work as a joiner. It really takes patience. It works really well if you set it up correctly. There are a few fest tool videos that show you how to do it easily. Looking good, I really like the white limba.
     
  16. patsanger

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    Thanks everyone. I tried a few times just shaving it here and there with a straight bar in place, but it just was always a little off, so I sanded the offending part cause I only had so much time. :)
     
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    Today was busy...

    Hogged out the body - then I had to semi free route it (with only 1 oopsie, so that's ok) - and just as I thought , whew, that's that I realized that putting in cable channels now would be super helpful, so I guesstimated where the pickups would go using my templates and threw in some channels - so worse case I can hopefully just have to barely drill to hit them...
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    Now it was time to check out the top... and the slight warping it was doing did not get corrected by the weights etc so I had some unevenness in the center... a good join, but not even... so took my 2 foot level, taped on some 60 grit and started sanding... and sanding ... and sanding...

    finally flat... and traced the template..
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    Yay!
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    Judicious application of glue which was then rollered everywhere, on both surfaces, and then glued up and clamped...
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    and then, just as I thought I was done I realized if I didn't at least cut the neck out, I would have less incentive to mess with it tomorrow, so I cut it out.
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    Good - got some good steps done and was really happy with the way most of it went, it's not perfect, but I'm shooting for better than last year and so far I feel I am there.
    Bad - sanding - waaay too much sanding and leveling. The top tape method didn't work for me due to the warpage and next time I will prob make a jig and handle it that way. I really need to make that thicknesser sled or buy a planer.
     
  18. hemingway

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    I'm so glad you went with the pistachio. It's going to look so special.
     
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    All right - just a quick update for today -

    unclamped and looked, pretty good, some small gaps but I can fix that...

    routed to body
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    2 small things to fix - this is from cutting the body shape out, my error with the bandsaw, I can fix it
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    this is the only blowout I had and I was lucky... I can fix it..
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    And out in the light with a quick thinner wipe...
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  20. lbridenstine

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    That looks really nice!
     
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