DrASATele's Brotherhood Build "Simplified"

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by DrASATele, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well it's time to join the Brotherhood!
    The challenge for me: Make it simple! So everything must already be here in the house. This was my original concept and now that the world is sheltering in place it seem appropriate.

    I posted a photo in Dave's tread that I am going to amend.
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    I found a pre-slotted (by me a long time ago) Chechen (Poison Wood) fretboard. 25 scale...prefect!
    The recipe:
    1 piece Spruce DC Tele Body.
    2 Piece Snakehead neck made of Cherry and Chechen 25 Scale.
    1 Hand wound (my dad's first) bridge pickup
    1 Random p90/firebird-ish neck pickup, (May swap for one of the many humbuckers kicking around)
    Gold Hardware including a pre-wire control set up. I'll swap out the saddles on the Wilkison bridge and put them on the gold one.
    Fret wire Stew Mac 152
    Abalone for the fretboard markers.
    Plastic dots for the sides.
    A set of vintage style 3X3 tuners from Stew Mac.
    Bone and or Corian nut
    Lastly blue bitterroot truss rod.
     
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  2. DrASATele

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    Alright lets get things rolling. Neck and body blanks are rough cut so I need to get them down to workable size.
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    Not to geek out or anything but when I saw this nearly perfectly flat sawn piece in my cutting board stock I knew I was going to save it for a neck.
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    When you here Spruce and guitar I always assumed acoustic until I saw some blacks from an eBay seller. This blank was "B" stock, but Leo didn't have a B stock just transparent or solid color. So well see where this blank takes us. IMG_8358.JPG
     
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    Welcome - I am looking forward to this one!
     
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    Looking like a good start! Spruce never occured to me for an electric guitar, it seems like a somewhat obvious choice!
     
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    I love cherry fir guitars. I've done a few necks and will do a body on a near future build.
     
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    Welcome old friend
     
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    Thanks all!

    Rip... I love a good cherry body, I also love it as a top on Mahogany just a great sub for Maple.
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    The Spruce black was oversized in all areas so I trimmed it down to 17X13 and I took the thickness from 2 inches down to 1.71. I'm going slightly thinner than a fender (1.75) and slightly thicker than a G&L ASAT(1.65).
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    The neck blank was just a hair over an inch in it's rough shape. I used the black board, to the left in the pic, as a sled for the neck blank.
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    Just a touch over 3/4 of an inch, plenty of room for sanding.

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    So I ran the neck blank through the planer to thickness and flatten. It's often not a perfect process so when I am gluing stuff up I often will sand the joining surfaces with 60 or 80 grit. I stick the paper on a marble threshold I got from home depot and take a couple of passes to make sure we are flat and using 60/80 grit gives me enough tooth for the glue that we get a super solid joint. I find when I do this for body glue ups I can almost hide the glue line depending on how the grain matches up.
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    So here is kind of what I'm thinking for the body.
    Lets make some cuts . . .


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    A little more resizing of the neck blank and the fret board . . .

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    Next up Truss Rod, fret board placement and glue up!
     
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    Looking good!! That body blank looks great.
     
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    And then some :)
     
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    The Doctor is In!
     
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    Quick lunch time escape . . . Truss rod work.
    First mark up the board so I know where my start and stops are.
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    Then over to the router table (thanks Herb). I'm doing 3 steps of depth. Mainly so I don't overwhelm the router bit but also helps me make a nice lead in to the truss rod when is all said and done.

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    I have a jig for doing the truss rod on pre shaped neck but I prefer this way if possible.

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    I know I could change the bit in my table and route the top of the rod to fit but by the time that's ready I'm usually could have done it by hand, so I did.

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    I use the chisel again for the inlet to the truss rod turning the steps into a ramp

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    The truss rod nut is just slightly larger than the rod itself. 1/4 cherry dowel and some glue and we should be good. Glue is only on the sides, not on the rod itself.
     
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    So I realized that the board only had a single slot cut for the nut, so I took it over to the miter and cut a second slot and then popped the wood between the 2 out and now I have fenderish (captain) nut slot. IMG_8376.JPG

    I also had a bit of extra wood after that last fret so I trimmed that up so I could prep and glue.

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    That little yellow brush has been one of the best two buck buys ever. What's great about it is after you use it, let it dry overnight and then peel off the dry glue and your good to go another round. Someone mentioned it in the Tool Shed and well god bless! Anywho . . .
    Off everyone's favorite clamp shot:

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    Looking good Doc!
     
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    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Lol, you da captain! When Paul made me change my username, I should’ve went with The Nutslit Butcher. coz that’s about accurate :lol:lookin good dude!
     
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    Alright out of the clamps. Time to do a little drawing. Although this might suggest I just traced the template I actually measured 2 3/26 at the heel. and 1 5/8 for the nut. Then connect the dots . . .

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    Off to the bandsaw.

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    O.k. back to the body... 36,50, 60,80,120 on the ROSS
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    I'm thinking curvy body so 1/2 round over as well as tummy tuck and forearm contours.
     
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    Good to see another brother jumping in :)!

    I love using the 25" scale on a Tele style guitar. It really sweetens up the tone.
     
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    I need to smooth out the horns so I can do the round over so I clamp it to the table saw and in about 30 minutes or so it was ready!!!!

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    Man I love the smell of Spruce being worked in the shop, very much like the smell of pine.

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    I'm getting there. Before I burnt the scraps I did a quick finish test.

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    I'm digging the yellow and white stains, the mineral, not so much . . .

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    A little shellac testing too, amber on yellow not bad, a little blah on the white.
     
  19. DrASATele

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    Taking the neck to the sander . . .

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    Before I do anything else I check my thickness . . .

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    1.06 that should give me enough room to fix/hide these with a little sanding and super glue.

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    And because of these it's now .95...UGH! I guess I should have left the old sand paper on and not switched to a new piece. Good Thing I haven't routed the neck pocket.
     
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    I always like doing the roundover. To me the body takes a big step towards being a guitar during that stage. The small change in profile makes a huge difference in how the body feels in my hands.

    THAT said... Are you using a neck plate? Cuz... a standard Fender shaped one won't fit if you carry the roundover into the neck area. You have to use a smaller radius in that area.

    EDIT: I just saw a drawing of a neck plate in an earlier photo. I'm petty sure I have some spare ferrules around here for indivicual screws if you need to go that route (no pun intended) (ok maybe a little).
     
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