First Build Dano/Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RattlesnakeJohn, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. RattlesnakeJohn

    RattlesnakeJohn TDPRI Member

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    Being a fan of both Danelectro and Telecasters I thought "What if?" Then I saw sjohnbruton's thread on building just that and a lot of pushing from my son I said lets give it a whirl. I had the T. Downs drawing CNC'd for me at work. [​IMG]
    Digging around in the shop at work I came across some one inch ply and some quarter inch hardboard. [​IMG]
    So I guess it's on. As for my neck I'm still debating on using some wild cherry that I reclamed many years ago or some maple that I can get from work. I think I might even have a peice or two of poplar.
    Hope to get started on the body today.So in advance I want to say thanks because I'm real sure I will be asking for a whole lot of help with this.
     
  2. jamorudd

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    Sounds like a good build coming our way!
     
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    +1 ;)
     
  4. SeanSt

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    I'm just getting to the finishing stages of a danelectro inspired ply/hardboard construction myself. It's been pretty easy stuff to work with so far, you just need to be really carefuly with the edges of the hardboard. It dents pretty easily, I ended up using some wood hardener to toughen it up and its been fine since.

    Can't wait to see the updates!

    Sean
     
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    I'm in!!
     
  6. RattlesnakeJohn

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    I got the framework and top rough cut. Should be gluing uo today, if I can find all my clamps. [​IMG]

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    The top is a bit rough on the cuts, But it will all clean up. Will get the back on when I figure out the controls and and access to them. I leaning on a rear cover but a scratch plate such as what sjohnbruton did is also really cool. Any thoughts???
     
  7. RattlesnakeJohn

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    Well the body is together. It came out pretty lite at less than four pounds.

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    Having to make a new neck pocket template. I was coing to carve a neck for this thing but I came across a no name Strat
    style neck today. The neck has a few nicks here and there but the frets are good and it feels good in my hand.
     
  8. hotpot

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    :cool::cool: This looks like a great project.
     
  9. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    very nice. I just put one of these on my bucket list. :cool:
     
  10. sjohnbruton

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    Glad to see I inspired your project! It looks great so far. At the rate I'm going, you will likely finish before me!
     
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    i have always wondered about the ridgidity of the neck pocket? does it and will it hold up being plywood? one of these builds are on my list for this winter.
     
  12. Bentley

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    I'd love to do a simple (no offence) build like this. I love the idea of just using plywood and layering it.
     
  13. RattlesnakeJohn

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    No offence taken Bentley. That's one of the reasons I chose this type of project.Secondly was the cost. all materials so far cost $0.00. Even the patterns were free. I guess that's one of the perks of working at a commercial cabinet shop. The third reason for this is if I mess up to bad,I'm not out a whole lot.
     
  14. RattlesnakeJohn

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    Here is a mock up of the thing. You can see where I got a bit careless with the router. Oh Well, a bit of bondo,some wood filler and some scrap and it should be good as new

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  15. oldrebel

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    Now this is interesting. Keep the posts coming!!!
     
  16. Tatercaster

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    Dude! You totally stole my idea! :D Well, I would have done one or two things different...
     
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    loopy reed Friend of Leo's

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    Can't get enough of these builds! Nice work!

    Side question - Tatercaster - is that Peter Buck's Rick 360 in your profile pic?
     
  18. sjohnbruton

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  19. Tatercaster

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    Yes, it is
     
  20. RattlesnakeJohn

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    I am going with two P/Us. Still debating on lipsticks or not. The sound hole measures 3 1/8". Actually I traced around my coffee cup. Truly scientific. I might have to make some blocks for the p/u screws or move the p/u a bit farther forward in the hole. Originally I was going to carve a neck, but I came across a no name strat neck I was going to use then I ended up with this tele type paddlehead neck. I decided on the tele neck since it matched my router pattern. You can see the heel of it in the pics. As far as color goes, I was thinking something like this but in metallic.

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    I finally got the body repair going. it's just yellow glue and sawdust mixed to a paste. I taped the neck of with clear tape, brushed some glue into the messed up area then I goob the paste into the brushed on glue. Then I inserted the neck. Should come out pretty good.(Fingers crossed) Here is what the repair looks like so far. Excuse the blurry pic.

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