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E-miel's 2020 Brotherhood build - Single cut: Begoge

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by E-miel, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

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    Your project is coming along nicely. You are going to have a very lovely guitar when you are finished. I came across this guitar several years ago and was impressed with how they soften all the lines of the tele. Much like your design. They have some interesting ways of modernizing the volume tone selector cover also.
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  2. E-miel

    E-miel Tele-Meister

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    Day 40 - Counting apperently is difficult..
    50 days left

    Thanks again for all the nice words!

    I discovered that I made a mistake when counting the days. I'm currently at day 40.

    I thought the same thing. For the contrast wenge will look better. I will reshape it when I get the rest of the body done.

    I think I'll have to make them less wide too, like yours.

    That is a beautiful gunstock!

    Didn't work on the guitarl weekend as I was doing a major cleaning and organising of my workshop. But today I found some time and made a radius sanding block. I did not have one so a made a jig to carve a radius block. Made the block 540mm, 21¼" long. After I carved it I rounded over all sharp edges, gave it a quick sanding and applied a coat of home mixed tru oil.

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    Emiel
     
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  3. Mojotron

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    I use radius blocks for everything related to frets - awesome for leveling both the fretboard and the frets... Looking great on the guitar too! That is a wonderful modern design.
     
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  4. E-miel

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    Day 42 - Neck day
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    I used the radius block yesterday and is really a joy to work with!

    I didn't take a lot of pictures today, I apparently was too excited to work on the project again.

    I started with routing the headstock shape and drilling holes for the tuners. Then I switched to the fretboard. I stuck it down on a piece of MDF with double sided tape. The centerline parallel to the edge of the MDF board. Started by roughly planing the radius to remove the bulk of the material. Then clamped a second piece of MDF to act as a guide for the radius block. A cut down piece from a 80 grit sanding belt got taped to the radius block and I started sanding. This went fairly fast and after I shaped it I sanded it with 120, 180 and then 240 grit.
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    To saw the fret slots I first use my fretslot cutting jig to start all the cuts and when that is finished I put the depth stop on the saw and finalize all the slots.

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    Then the frets got cut, fret tang ground down and hammered into the slots.
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    Not the best picture, hopefully I won't forget to shoot photo's tomorrow!

    Emiel
     
  5. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    This is going to be stunning...and you're making me seriously consider the pile of zebrawood (or koa) I have lying about for the top of my own BB build that will hopefully get back on track soon.
     
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  6. E-miel

    E-miel Tele-Meister

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    I say, do it! Allthough it's not the most easy wood to work with, you probably already knew that, it's a beautiful wood. But koa is also really nice. Did you consider building a ukulele from it?
     
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  7. Jim_in_PA

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    The zebrawood I have is all about 1-1.5MM thick and would be very nice as a veneer for the top...it may need a substrate for a chambered body. The koa is off cuts I got "by the pound" from Hearne Hardwoods when I last visited and I have enough to do two top caps at about 6mm which is a good thickness for a chambered body by itself.

    I'm not yet up to building anything acoustic, but maybe someday.
     
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  8. E-miel

    E-miel Tele-Meister

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    Saw the wood in your thread Jim. Looks good.

    Didn't feel like working on the guitar today. So I hopped on the road bike. Couldn't resist taking this picture for @wadeeinkauf.
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    Emiel
     
  9. wadeeinkauf

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    Thank you for sharing! I am not a "social" biker but I have ridden for exercise almost every day for the last 8 years. I average 2,800 miles a year and wear out a bike every 2 years. I am very lucky to live near a public recreation area....it was the old Fort Ord where I was assigned when on active military duty but has since been closed. Here are some pictures I took while riding just this week...The two of the trails are stock photos. The picture of the farm equipment has been there forever but I do not know what it was used for. I thought it might make a good picture to have as background for my guitars. In all my years I have only fallen 3 times...2 at the same point in the trail. (Was not hurt) I now walk my bike over that part. The lupines are in bloom now. I am originally from Texas where we call these flowers Texas Bluebonnets.
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  10. hopdybob

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    i hope that the silence is not due to corona ore other misfortune?
     
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  11. E-miel

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    Hello hopdybob (and others),

    I just happened to check the forum again today, after i have been away for a while. Fortunately I'm fine!

    Halfway through april I got really busy at work (from home) and I was slowly running out of energy. I'm quite bad at resting, I'm always thinking about or working on hobby projects and past experience thought me the only way to take rest is to completely shut off. So that's what happened.

    In hindsight I regret not posting about it in april. With all the support here I think you guys would have understood.

    I really appreciate you checking in with me! Don't worry the guitar will definitely be finished!

    Have a good night,
    Emiel
     
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  12. hopdybob

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    i asked because off the sudden silence, in these strange time you never know, but glad to read you are save and well
     
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    I was also wondering. Take care of yourself, more important than any deadline for the guitar, and looking forward to seeing you back on it when the time is right.
     
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    Wow, beautiful guitar so far! I'm actually working on a very similar build. The top is rimu wood I picked up on a trip to New Zealand.
     

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  15. E-miel

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    So, it's been a while. Since my last post I did make progress so let's get up to speed!

    I domed the top with a handheld beltsander.
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    I used a cove bit with the bearing removed to countersink the controls.
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    I flossed the body to neck joint to perfection.
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    Drilled for the string ferrules.
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    I shot after some testing at the end of the summer.

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    Over the last couple of months I played it on end off. And today I decided it was time to finish this guitar!

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    It needs more coats. Hopefully I will finish this in the next few weeks. But you never know with me ;)

    Have a nice evening!
     
  16. E-miel

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    This bodyshape is really nice. How is you build now?
     
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    goed om te zien dat je weer bezig bent @E-miel

    good to seeing you working with it again E-miel and it is looking good.
    do you use only clearcoat.
    i personally would not want the body darker going to be equal with the fretboard
     
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  18. E-miel

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    Thank you for tuning in again @hopdybob!

    The body will be finished with a mixture of cooked linseed oil + pu varnish + white spirits. The fretboard and neck are polished to 1500 grit and will not be finished. The photo in my previous post show the body with the finish stil wet. I am aiming for a matte finish. But I haven't done that before, so we'll see how it is going to work out.

    Emiel
     
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  19. crazydave911

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    I look forward to this and hate I fell out when needed the most :oops:

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  20. E-miel

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    How are you doing now @crazydave911? Hope your recovery is going smoothly.

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    Sneak preview.

    Did a full setup following Freeman's setup thread.

    Hopefully tomorrow some beauty shots.
     
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