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dannyp8262's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by dannyp8262, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    Well, I'm gonna try it! Best Beginner category!!
    I've been lurking here for a few months and have been so inspired by all of you! I used to spend a lot of time with my dad in his little wood shop and those are my favorite memories.
    I've ALWAYS wanted to build a guitar but for some reason thought I had to have some "special secret skill" or something but then I see all of these threads with all these pics of these AMAZING guitars and think Hey, why not!
    So I'm in!!
    I'll be out of town until Tuesday so I'll start then
    Best of luck to all!
     
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  2. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Welcome to the forum and the Challenge! And good luck! :D

    Dave
     
  3. RogerC

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    Good luck, man! I really like your reasoning for jumping in here, and I think you're gonna have a blast!
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Welcome, and good luck. I think you'll find a lot of similarities to what you did with your dad in the wood shop, in addition to some new opportunities.
     
  5. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    Well Here we go... I have done nothing yet so only my materials pic so far.
    I got some old cherry from a good friend who got it while working in Atlanta several years ago. The cherry was salvaged in a remodel of Evander Holyfields home! They were floorboards! He also has tongue and groove boards from that lot that I'm welcome to as well.:D
    I am planning on building a pine body with the cherry top, string through to a TOM bridge and either a P-90 or a humbucker in the bridge position. The neck is maple.
    I have no workshop but have a few tools that have been in storage for a while. Mainly a table saw and a router table. I have some friends with fairly extensive wood shops that I'll be building in so updates may be far between:)
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  6. emoney

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    Alrighty then. This is going to be a "knock-out" (see what I did there....buwahahahaha)
     
  7. RogerC

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    ^:lol:. Good thing he didn't just throw in the towel.
     
  8. tangelolemon

    tangelolemon Tele-Meister

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    champcaster
     
  9. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    Hahahaha Tangelolemon!!! The Champcaster it is!!!!
    Well I did make a little progress today! WoooHoo!!
    I decided I'm gonna need some templates! So I downloaded the neck plan and picked out a pine board and roughed out my first neck template.
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    I also got my pine body blank ready for glue-up!!
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    I edged a pine 2x12 on my old Master Mechanic table saw (surprised it still works!!) then cut 2 smaller "wings" to get my width.
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    Fit pretty good!
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    It was difficult to concentrate on wood today because this
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    was happening on my patio!! I LOVE cook days!!! Grilled Chicken for lunch and around 50lbs of pork butt for some friends!! which reminds me...
    I used to own a BBQ restaurant and I would brand my ribs...
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    Should I brand this logo on my Champcaster body?? Here is a board I branded a few years ago to use as a background for some print stuff
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    Should I save the cherry for another build and use some hickory for the top???
     
  10. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    I would absolutely brand it! As for which wood, that's a tough call. There's all kinds of reasons why you should or shouldn't use that cherry, but if it was me, I'd probably use it.
     
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    Use whatever makes you feel better. It's your guitar, if you build something you really want or like, you'll put more soul in it.

    Good luck & have fun!
     
  12. jimdkc

    jimdkc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Love me some barbecue! I turn out a pretty mean smoked pork butt myself!

    Love the branding idea!

    Don't know which wood to use... but whatever you don't use in the guitar, you can use in the smoker!
     
  13. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    Welp, Progress today!!! I also must say that you all make this look REALLY easy!!:eek:
    Not that it's difficult but I realized that never having built a guitar before I have no plan:eek: But I am learning:p
    so here goes!!
    I was at a friend's house using her shop. so I'm trying to help her get her shop organized and teach her some basics of using her band saw, drill press, table saw, router... in exchange I can build my guitar there!!!:p
    I made a body template today
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    Then I cut out my first body!!!!!!! I need to run it through a planer and I wish I had done that before it was cut out...Oh well...
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    I also started working on a new neck template.
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  14. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    does anyone on here have a .pdf template for a baritone tele or at least the neck?
     
  15. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Check out the thread, "Printable guitar template" over on the Depot, it has a few. This one is the "broadcaster" neck, but there are others around :)

    Cheers,


    Dave
     

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    You'll be fine on running the body through the planer, just go bottom first. Looking good
    are you sure this is your 1st body?
     
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    If you got your own brand, of course you should use it!
     
  18. dannyp8262

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    and...a little more progress today!! WoooHoooo!!!
    Over to my friend Rons house to do me some planing!! This is a very well equipped shop!!!!
    Maple getting the business!!
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    now the body...
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    Tomorrow I'll get the router after those sides!! Body is starting to take shape!
    Here is the maple...it has a split in it...we'll work around it
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    back home to my little shop...this is the cherry top all cut and glued up
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    This is really beautiful wood. I couldn't stand it so I sanded a scrap piece and wiped on 1 coat of Tru Oil! I hope you can see this, the pics aren't too good
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    more soon!!! thanks for looking!!
     
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    Nice wood! I like pine grain, well matched too.
     
  20. dannyp8262

    dannyp8262 TDPRI Member

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    Welp, didn't work on the Champcaster at all today. I DID build me a new workbench though!!! WoooHooo!!!! This will help!
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