dazzaman's 2020 Brotherhood Build - the Harrison Walnut Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by dazzaman, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. crazydave911

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    And necessary with a neck through ;)
     
  2. rscalzi

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    Good stuff! Enjoying following this build.
     
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    Now that were past the instant F hole

    I got to say;

    I got my mind set on you
    I got my mind set on you
    but its gonna take money
    whole lot of spending money....


    sorry couldn't help it
    I look at this thread and hear his songs in my head.
     
  4. dazzaman

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    And on with this...

    Time to glue it together...

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    And after it had dried it was possible to make sure it was glued properly...

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    ... and then take it to the sander to get the right shape.

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    Which gave a fairly good result, though not perfect.

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    It is impossible to avoid little bumps in it. After that I used a hand sander to smooth those out, though I couldn't get a photograph of that in action, but I was happy with the end result.

    But the next thing to do was rout the roundover at the edges, and then hog out for the neck pocket.

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    And then rout out the pocket ready for the neck...

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    Giving the end result...

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    Wow look at that beautiful body!
    Oh heck yeah!
     
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  6. dazzaman

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    I needed to start jumping around a bit to try and get the body and neck to completion at much the same time.

    I applied some CA glue to the body to act as a grain filler. First the top...

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    And then the rest once it was dry...

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    In total I gave it all three coats.

    And then in the meantime while the various coats were drying I worked on the neck.

    I started with cutting it close to size...

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    Which gave me this.

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    Then working with handplanes and the bobbin sander I got it to final dimensions all around.

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    At which case I could test the neck fit to the pocket.

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    And when I was happy I could drill for where the attaching screws through them backplate and the body into the neck go...

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  7. rscalzi

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    That's looking really good!
     
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    Very much so ;)
     
  9. dazzaman

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    Next step has been to shape the neck. But before doing that I remembered to put in the side position markers. First drill the holes... 79.JPG

    Then put the markers in with CA glue.

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    And then once dry sand flush with the neck blank.

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    Then set up the shape the neck. First get it to the correct thickness along its length...

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    And then start on the shaping using the facet method.

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    I sort of got in the zone, so no more photos, but eventually the necdk was completed...

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    Really like where this is headed! Walnut is my favorite for other non-guitar projects. Looks absolutely amazing here
     
  11. 2blue2

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    That walnut neck is looking good!
     
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    As with the body, I applied a few coats of CA glue to fill the grain of the neck.

    Then I had the reattach the neck to the body and mark out for the string-through holes and the bridge screws.

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    And couldn't resist the chance to see it from a bit of a distance...

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    Once marked I took it apart again and drilled all of the holes.

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    At that stage it was all of the woodwork done, so I was time to hit it with the sanding sealer. Not that it can really be seen in the photo...

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    And, out of interest - mine if for no one else. When I started the build I had it in mind that I hoped I would be able to do it in 40 hours and 40 minutes. Those who watch Crimson Guitars builds on YouTube will get the significance of that - if Ben Crowe can do an instrument in 20 hours and 20 minutes with all his facilities then I thought twice that was a realistic thing to aim for. I always used to time things I was making, so I did here. Up to the stage where it was ready for the sanding coats has taken 20 hours and 40 minutes. I will not rush to make any deadline in the slightest, but I am now seeing/wondering if I can manage it all in 2020 minutes...
     
  14. Jim_in_PA

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    I have enjoyed a number of Ben's "timed" builds...but I'd never want to have to do them!

    That guitar is looking REALLY good!
     
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    :D
     
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    There is obviously not a lot to show here as lacquer gets applied and starts to harden, but thought I would do a quick update.

    I rubbed down a few coats on the front and back of the head and applied the decals...

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    The difference in colour in the photos is interesting. In real life it is closer to the image of the front of the head.

    Still waiting for parts to arrive - they will be here when they get here. As I said in my first post in the thread, I was going to be away for work reasons giving limited workshop time, but that wasn't going to be an issue if I got the time right for things to be hardening when I was away. Well, I don't look as if I will be going anywhere for a while - like many of us here - so I can share the frustration of seeing a build without any visible progress, and desperately trying not to polish it too soon...
     
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    Man that is sweet! Love it.

    Eric
     
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    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Man, this thing has really moved along since I last visited. That is going to be one STUNNING looking guitar!
     
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    Walnutty goodness!
     
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    Wow, that's sexy!

    Killer job!
     
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