Danelectro style Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by sjohnbruton, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. sjohnbruton

    sjohnbruton Tele-Holic

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    Sweet! Start a thread so we can see how it's done. ;)

    Thanks for the support. As for the template, my plan is to flip it over and use it to run a brand new working template off the clean edge. I'm not sure how I would fix that. But I bet somebody here has an idea or two... :D

    Hey! I think that was my line. I'm bettin' both of you can finish before me...:oops:
     
  2. dblues

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    Good to see you back on task. We expect another full report later today.

    I should talk. Since completing my Dano style rebuild last April I've got about as far along as you are on a Tele body for my next project. I am also trying to make a nice wood box for my younger daughter as the Dano was a Bday gift for her sister. Hmm. Maybe just to keep things even both daughters need a guitar built by dad.
     
  3. sjohnbruton

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    Hah! I appreciate your optimism! But, please don't hold your breath... ;)

    Yes. Yes they do. :cool:

    I aleady have "orders" from all three of my young'uns (ages 8, 11, & 13) for new guitars!
     
  4. sjohnbruton

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    Well, I guess it's about time for my monthly report..... :oops:

    Yes, this project is still alive. Just barely above comatose, but alive.

    I'm planning on doing some body work tomorrow. Thank goodness it's (almost) Saturday! :D

    I'm wanting to do the edge radius, control cavity, and jack hole. If I really get on a roll, I might even spray a base coat. We'll see...
     
  5. crazydave911

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    Good to see ya' John ;)
     
  6. sjohnbruton

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    Well, Saturday turned into Sunday, but I got to make some sawdust today! :cool:

    Pics uploading now!
     
  7. sjohnbruton

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    Finally some fun with power tools!

    My first step was to get some more holes made in my working template.

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    String-through, bridge mount, neck mount, and control cavity shaped holes.

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    Next up, I routed the rest of the control cavity shape.

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  8. sjohnbruton

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    Now on to making holes in the body... :D

    First, the control cavity.

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    Looks good!

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    I'm hoping it's not too narrow. I used a 1" forstner bit to make the holes where the pots and switch will sit because the tele control cavity is only 1" wide. If it ends up being tight, I've got plenty of real estate under the pickguard to enlarge it a bit.
     
  9. sjohnbruton

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    Pickup wiring hole from the bridge cavity.

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    As luck would have it, it's actually pretty close to where it should be! I was just trying to drill through the thinnest part of the bridge block because I don't have a long drill bit. ;)

    Neck anchor holes drilled from the back.

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    I didn't drill all the way through. I just went deep enough to make the holes come out clean once I rout the neck pocket.

    Bridge anchor holes drilled to the correct depth and string-through holes drilled about half way.

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    Once I took off the template, I drilled the rest of the way through. This is the back:

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    Yes, they are pretty crooked. :oops: More crooked than I was hoping for. But I decided that if I'm gonna ever finish this puppy, I can't let perfect be the enemy of progress. I may try to fix 'em later, put in a tone bar, or just live with it. I haven't decided yet...
     
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  10. sjohnbruton

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    Body radius time! I was thinking about a 3/16th radius, but since I already have a 1/4" bit I just went with that. ;)

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    It's finally starting to really look like a guitar body. :D

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    I love a good close-up! :cool: I was wondering if I could get away with not doing any grain fill type prep on this body since the hardboard is really smooth and the plywood is going to be covered with a vinyl band. I may seal it anyway...
     
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    I never knew a good coat of shellac to hurt anything :D


    Great looking guitar body there John ;)
     
  12. sjohnbruton

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    Jack hole drilled at 7/8" diameter. No "flat spot" for me. I'm going to use a curved plate. I would prefer a rectangle, but a football would do.

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    Strap button holes drilled.

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    As you can see in that last pic, I decided to go ahead and radius the neck pocket area as well (top and bottom). I'm planning to use machine screws, T-nuts, and those heavy neck-screw-washer thingies instead of a plate, so I'm not that worried about the radius messing up the plate clearance.

    And here is the (not really that close to being) finished product:

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  13. turnpikecruiser

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    This looks great! You've given me lots of ideas, that's for sure.
     
  14. sjohnbruton

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    Thank you Dave. :D

    And good point about the shellac.

    In a previous life, I ran a super-custom frame shop for a major art production company. We made cutsom profiled mouldings, hand carved adornments, gold leafed anything, hand wrapped linen mats, the whole nine yards. It was a lot of fun, by the way. :D We use shellac a ton on our custom mouldings. For some reason, I haven't considered it much recently. Do you put lacquer over it? I don't remember ever doing that in the frame shop...
     
  15. sjohnbruton

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    Thanks!

    Ideas can be a blessing and a curse. I have tons of them, but I don't act on enough of them to get the job done! Hence the painfully long build going on here. :oops:

    Anyway, I hope any ideas I may have sparked for you will get you busy building! Start a thread!
     
  16. sjohnbruton

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    Oh, I also started fitting/ shaping the pickguard. So far, I've finished the top "seal head" portion.

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    What exactly is this "hardboard"? Just curious! Ive been thinking about. Doing a little project like this for a while just to do it!

    Great looking project.
     
  18. crazydave911

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    You can put lacquer over it. It's been a universal finish since long before ole Amenhotep was in diapers :lol:. You can use it up to three coats, sanding between coats as primer. After 3 coats, you better make other plans :lol:. If you continue you must French polish, or you can leave it, and it will accept literally any finish over top of it ;)...............and you can tint it! :D
     
  19. Bentley

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    It's not really a typical guitar building material, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardboard
     
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    jimdkc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Also see: Masonite

    You can get it at Home Depot or Lowes... about $13.50 for a 4'x8' sheet 3/16" thick.
     
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