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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by erix, Mar 9, 2020.
Good save erix. That top is really gonna sing with that body!
I got a package today!
Chips will fly this weekend - maybe sooner if the weather warms up!
Snowing right now.
Well... where were we?
Eventually my family discovered that while I was working on this guitar I was not working on framing out the basement so I spent the last week doing that. Happily, in the midst of it, all my parts arrived.
I did a lot of work on the body but didn't take a lot of pictures. Here it is on the sled getting a trim of the back side.
took two rounds, eventually got there.
Used my body template to put in the access hole.
And put a 3/16" round over on the back.
Flipped it over and put a 1/8" round over on the top.
That'll do for one night.
Here's where it would have been nice to have a camera...
I needed to make a template for the access panel cover recess on the back and the pickup routes on the front. I had some plywood so I started fiddling with control positions.
This went on for a while....
Eventually I figured it out and drew the pickups in cad for a life size print.
Not shown: manually drilling/sawing/filing/sanding the hotdog hole in the plywood and sticking it to the back with small pcs of 2-sided tape. This is after routing the recess.
Then there was a lot of activity.
1. The P90 covers I have are .25"R corners (or thereabouts) so I can use my 1/2" pattern bit. I taped four straight-edged pcs of plywood around each drawing of the pickup, drilled an access hole for the router bit to start in, and carefully routed the holes. The template came out great.
2. I taped the template to the body - in just the right place - and routed the pickup holes to .75" deep.
I didn't take any pictures of all that so here is a picture of some kittens.
The next day located the control holes.
Then I drilled the holes all the way through and thinned out the top around the holes on the back side with a dull forstner bit.
Dry assembly shot!
Guess I better get started on the neck..
But if that neck doesn't work out I have a back up.
You made some kittens????
It's a beauty!
Man, that looks tasty! I love P90’s. The cream looks good.
Is it loud yet?
Heh... fraid not yet! I’ve been doing my 40 in the basement and after the first week decided that some framing and insulation are in order so the CC is on the back burner for now.
However, tomorrow I will get a package in the mail with grain filler, honey amber transtint, and vinyl sealer so... things will be getting messy.
I’ve also been getting my neck prints in order and hope to start cutting out a neck soon!
This is looking great! Can't wait to see the neck. And laminating some pieces gave me an idea on how to save some maple I cut too thin to make into a good neck. I might have to make one like this.
Another great build!
Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, tap, tap, tap...
I know I know... I Suck!
I’m in the drywall phase of my basement re-do. You can just see the corner of my guitar bench under the plastic.
I just spent an hour sanding the first layer of mud-n-tape.
Everything is in the middle of the room under dusty plastic. I hate mud-n-sand...
But the light at the end of the tunnel is this room - the benches will go in here so I can work all winter long!
It’s looking good!
Man! You are relentless!
Keep it up!
After mudding the whole week I got the shop space primed and textured.
Found a gallon and a half of 4-year old Dutch Boy. Does that make it a Dutch Teen? Anyway, it smelled ok and mixed right up so on it went.
It was still wet when we started moving stuff in. Even though it was covered in plastic there is a layer of fine white dust over everything...
Cleaned a lot and then laid out all the pieces to get a feel for where things are. I really want to get back into this!
I drew a neck profile based on the warmoth’s Gibson scale and used an AVRI headstock shape from that headstock PDF that is out there. Check the difference!
So.... maybe next week I can jump back on it? The weather is finally nice enough to spray - but I gotta make a neck first!
ok! I got to work on something other than drywall this weekend!
A friend of mine gets this great pre-finished baltic birch plywood out of the dumpster of a local furniture manufacturer. Let's make a template!
Cut some blanks and layout the prints..
Spray some glue...
Stick 'em down and head to the bandsaw...
About like that..
Got a new 80 grit Klingspoors belt on the Ross. It eats wood like I eat Oreos...
A cylinder finishes it up.
I thought... "Let's make a our mistakes on a piece of maple before doing the laminated neck..." so I traced the pattern on this lightly flamed 4/4.
Then I cut it out and sanded it close to the line, preparing it for routing.Then I realized I forgot to route the truss rod slot. It is much easier when the blank is a rectangle but whatever, I can tape this to a rectangle and route the slot later.
Other men might have tossed it in the garbage but not me. I reached for the laminated blank. First it had to be planed down to thickness.
Then I drew a bunch of lines all over it to mark where the truss rod changes width, depth, etc. I set up the router bit in the table and made the first cut.
On the wrong side of the blank....
Other men might have tossed it in the garbage but not me. I flipped it over and routed the proper side.
Then I made a plug out of figured jarrah to fill the slot I made.
Like a mini skunk stripe!
This will protrude a little past the neck plate and remind me not to get so damn excited about getting to the woodshop!
Group shot: The model, some fingerboards, the template, the maple stunt neck, and the laminated blank with wings and plug.
Glued up over night, hope to be back on them soon - I need to get a birdseye headplate headed my way.
So I made a jig...
and commenced to make a mess. Here is fretboard number 1 (the boards for mistakes) on the rig getting slotted with the irwin flush cut saw.
It worked pretty good holding the blade against the triangle but not optimal. I got all the slots in deep enough (I hoped)
But they weren't
Oh well, let's try out that radius thing.
Missed a spot - the middle third - and got some ugly tearout.
I will have to be more careful when I do board number 2!
Put some more slots in - just to see if I could do it after it was radiused. I can.
And back on the rig. NOtice anything different? The insert is now bolted down from the top instead of screwed in from the bottom..
Lets get at the neck! Removing the platform leaves me room to plane a 1" thick neck blank. In the case of my built up blank it is about .794" thick so it had to get thinned.
Since the truss rod is already in there the material had to come off the back. .755", just right!
I used masonite for the work surface of the planing platform but the two-sided tape tears it up. I'll be making a new one out of pre-finished birch play later this week.