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First Build - from scratch

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by thecableguy, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Used the rasp to deepen the cut, sanded with 60 grit and marked the edge for the roundover:

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    Rounded over with a file, haven't sanded yet:

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    Still need to check it in the sunlight but it looks ok so far:

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  2. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Starting on the beer gut cutout:

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    Coming along:

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    This part is quite time consuming. I think for the next build I'll either make a set of templates for a stepped route or a mount for the router that can swing and do the cuts.
     
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    Looking good Brian , that should take a little weight off the body too ;)
     
  4. crazydave911

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    I like it ;-)
     
  5. thecableguy

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    Yeah probably if the size of the sawdust pile was any indication!

    Thanks Dave!
     
  6. RickyRicardo

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    +1 on woodessence. I've finished a few partscasters with Target lacquer from them and Jeff is a great and helpful guy. He carries all the finishing stuff you will need. No nitro lacquer though if that's what you had in mind.
     
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    Very nice, indeed. ;)
     
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    "This part is quite time consuming. I think for the next build I'll either make a set of templates for a stepped route or a mount for the router that can swing and do the cuts."
    Try an angle grinder with a 40 grit flap disc, you'll never go back;)
     
  9. thecableguy

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    Good to hear. I'm not interested in doing nitro anyway.

    Thanks Rich!

    That would definitely be faster. I figured I'd do it slow and safe for the first time though. I have a hand held belt sander with a really coarse belt. I was thinking of using that before I opted for the rasp.
     
  10. thecableguy

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    I finished the back contour and sanded the back of the body with 60 grit:

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    Sanded the back round over as well and removed most of the router burn marks:

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    The back glue line is far from perfect. I'll fill it with CA and sawdust as I do the final sanding.
     
  11. thecableguy

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    I'll be starting on this part this week:

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    I'm looking forward to it.
     
  12. thecableguy

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    And on another note, my truck has officially traveled one light - second.

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    Man, you must have had the lights against you the whole way :lol:
     
  14. Glen Smith

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    If you are going to route a lip around the rear access for a cover, I suggest you do it before you do all the sanding.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion Glen. I was thinking I should route the lip after sanding. My logic was that the sanding might round over the edge of the lip too much. Maybe I'm wrong?
     
  16. Glen Smith

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    Hmm, I suppose that could also happen. At least attempt to protect the surface from being scratched by the router as you route the lip.
     
  17. thecableguy

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    It should be ok because the template will be sitting on the body. I'm going to have to either get a shorter pattern bit or make a really thick template because I only have 1" long pattern bits.
     
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    I'm pretty much done with the body for now. I'll be ordering hardware tomorrow so I can drill mounting holes etc. I'm not going to bother sanding the body until that's done.

    Time to start on the neck!

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    Template rough cut from 1/2" MDF

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  20. thecableguy

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    Creatively secure a straight object to the template

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