First build - '52 black guard-ish tele

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  1. 26and385

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    Walnut skunk stripe

    Cut out a piece of walnut and sanded with the ROSS until it matched the plan, then glued in place. I didn't cut a concave channel in the bottom of the walnut to conform to the truss rod, I just left it squared. Does anyone do this? I'm thinking it doesn't make a difference. Were the originals done this way?
     

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    Tuner holes

    Marked off the tuner hole locations, and drilled from the back first (I think?), then followed up with the enlarged ferrule holes on the front. I used a fence on the drill press table to make sure they were well aligned with each other and the top of the headstock.
     

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    Tuner test fit

    Looks pretty good!!
     

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    Headstock transition

    I made a little fence for the ROSS, and brought the headstock down to the desired thickness. The radius on the belt sanding attachment is too large, and it also leaves a bit of a bump further down the face, but it's good for starting off. Switching over to a smaller diameter spindle later on allowed me to get a more appropriate transition radius as well as eliminate the bump/step around the low E tuner hole.
     

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    Thanks Moose!
     
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    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

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    You mean you haven't built a router sled yet????? :lol:
     
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    I made a rail system that will accommodate roughly 8 inch boards, I made that for my twin strats that I recently started. I would have to make a new one to fit a full body.
     
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    Love the thread...so many of the same things that I've encountered over the year.
    Same scenario - I have a couple young kids, so my work is done in the early morning, or late evening...or in 5 minute bursts here and there!

    - I have a new appreciation for quality drill bits. On at least two occasions, I pushed a brand new brad point bit into a neck blank to watch it smoke. Each time, the bit was the cheapest of the cheapest available on Amazon. I'll pay for good bits now!

    - I like the guide you made to thickness the headstock on the ross. I'll be making one for the next neck!

    Looking forward to seeing it come together (as long as it doesn't have a Red Sox theme)!

    Do you run marathons?
     
  9. 26and385

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    Used to, about 10 years, 50 lbs, and 3 kids ago. I keep the sig to remind me that you can do anything if you just decide that you want to do it. It's been a long time since someone has recognized what that means, I usually get asked "age and weight"? :eek:
     
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    Radius block

    I'm sure it would have been easier to just buy a radius block, but I had to make a jig.....
     

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    9.5" radius

    I know it's not vintage correct, but I'd rather have the 9.5" radius on the fingerboard.
     

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    Fret slots

    I made a sliding miter box to cut the fret slots. The Harbor Freight pull saw worked great. The neck stays in place, and the box slides across the base of the jig. There's a removable printed scale on the front of the base, i just line up the kerf line with the lines on the template, and take about 12 easy pulls on the saw. After cutting all the slots, I take the neck out and go over each slot with the saw again until the teeth disappear across the full radius of the fingerboard. Then I know that the slots are deep enough for the fret tangs.
     

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    Fret markers and nut

    Drilled the holes for the fret markers with a forstner bit. Shaped the unbleached bone nut on the ROSS and checked the fit. Nice and snug!
     

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    Simply gorgeous so far. Excellent work.
     
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    nice work! Really like the birdseye.
     
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    I missed the neck detail until today - the birdseye is sweet!

    If not too late, I might recommend using nice tall frets...regardless of what you are used to playing.
    I'm finishing my first neck, and despite all the care in the world I took to try and get the fret surface level, there are a couple frets that I'm grinding down pretty far.

    Tall frets will give you some material to work with.
     
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    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    These scratch builds always impress me, can't wait to see the finished project.
     
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    That jig looks great for doing round laminated fingerboards
     
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    Looking very nice! That fretboard is something else. Keep up the good work.
     
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    Thanks aalcantara and koolaide!
     
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