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"Deep Water" Telecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jkingma, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    And since I'm using the same wood for the neck and fretboard, I decided to break it up by gluing a thin piece of walnut in between the two. I've done this once before and it looked pretty good.

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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Good to see this back on track. Looking good. Love the idea of breaking up the neck and fb.
     
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    It will look something like this...

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    A classy touch,I've used it with maple neck/fretboards ;)
     
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    When I attach my fretboards I always use a locator pin (finishing nail) at each end so that when I clamp it up it doesn't move.

    I use a small digital scale to precisely measure out my epoxy.

    And I use some flat stiff pieces of wood as cauls when the clamps go on to keep everything flat.

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    That's coming along nicely!
     
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    Time to get some more work done here. Started with a rough cut to thin the headstock on the bandsaw. Then sanded it to the proper thickness on the spindle sander. The 3 inch drum makes a nice transition curve. Here you can see the thin layer of walnut between the neck and fretboard.


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  8. jkingma

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    Before I start to shape the back of the neck I trim it down to the rough thickness I want. I do this with the safety planer in the drill press. I put a shim under the headstock end in order to plane in a gradual thickness taper.

    The pencil marks on the edge of the neck marks the depth of my truss rod.

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    The last 2 major decisions for this guitar have been made... Sperzel Locking Tuners and pickups from MJS. I'm using a Tele Style bridge pickup and a P90 style neck pickup. I've known Mike (Smitty) at MJS for a few years and have used a few sets from him.

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    I like the spindle sander trick but boy do I mistrust the safety planer

    now your making me want to try some of my white birch for a neck:)
     
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    Firm grip. Small cutting depth. No worries.
     
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    A bit more progress, and a lot more sawdust today.

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    Gotta say, that's pretty clever holding the cavity template down with screws that mate to the cover mounting screw positions.
     
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    I recently bought a new forstner bit for drilling the electro-socket hole, because my old one was getting dull. The new one is a piece of crap and screwed up my hole, so now I have to use one of these LP style thingys. NJot too happy about that...

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    I'm not just a pretty face.

    Actually, I'm not even a pretty face....
     
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    route out from behind as w/ a thinline and any skin over it for a back (including a thin slice of the original material)

    A friend got a dining table w/ the live edge - super cool.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I agree. Excellent idea!
     
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    All the routing and drilling is now done on the body.

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    Now just a LOT of sanding....

    Have I ever mentioned that I hate sanding?

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