First Build - from scratch

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  1. thecableguy

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    Just finished choppin the body out of the blank with my cheap bandsaw...

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    This part here is a pain in the arse! Any advice on cutting this out without breaking the blade? I made a bunch of straight cuts in and then did kind of a stepped cut.

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    Went a little close to the line here but it's still just outside the template...

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    Gonna sand as close to the line as I can and then route.

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    I need to get a Robo Sander. I can get one locally at Lee Valley for $18. They just call it a pattern sander.
     
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    Looking good so far. That's a beautiful piece of wood.
     
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    Thanks man, it started out as a 1x6 rough mahogany board. So the body is made from 4 pieces. It weighs a freaking ton!
     
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    I'm gonna go look at some wood for the neck. Probably will do a rosewood or ebony fretboard. What do you guys think for the neck? Should I go mahogany or maple?
     
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    Picked up a template sander today:

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    Template attached to body and ready to sand:

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    Sanded nice and close to the template and ready for routing:

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    That template sander is the best $18 I've spent in a long time! I need a bigger drill press though. It's a little challenging to hold the body flat on the tiny table this one has.
     
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    A bigger drill press won't nessarily have a larger table. You could easily make a larger table using plywood or MDF and bolt it onto the existing table.
     
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    Looking good there, tcg. Where'd you get that template sander around Edmonton?
     
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    Good idea, Glen. I'm just starting to build a tele. I don't have a sander so I'm going to go the drill press route.
     
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    I was thinking of that too. Thanks for the suggestion Glen. Maybe I'll go that route. Definitely would be cheaper.
     
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    What part of Saskatchewan are you in? I'm pretty sure Lee Valley is out there as well. Also, I believe they will ship to you if there isn't one near you.
     
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    Body outline routed:

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    I don't have a router bit long enough to reach the bottom of the body so I flipped it and used a laminate trimmer bit. It's not the best bit so it's not totally flush with the rest. Doesn't really matter though because when I do the roundover it'll remove it anyway.

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    So last night I made a neck pocket template:

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    ... and a bunch of mahogany chips:

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    But when I went to route the neck pocket I realized that a 1/2" thick template won't work with a 1" long template bit to route a 5/8" deep pocket. I'm gonna go grab some 3/4" MDF and make a full body size template for routing the neck pocket. I'll also use it for the humbucker routes.
     
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    Didn't have a chance to get the 3/4" MDF so I stuck 2 1/2 pieces together. Used the template above to make a full body size neck pocket template:

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    Checked it against the plan:

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    Ready to route:

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    First pass:

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    Routed to 5/8":

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    Now, a question for the experienced. When I do the roundover, I'm a bit worried about those thin little points where the body meets the neck pocket. How do you guys handle those? Do you route right up to them or stop short and hand finish them?
     
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