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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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    I measured from the heel 18.5" and marked where the nut edge will end up. I then laid the truss rod on the blank and marked where the channel will end.

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    Continued the line all the way around:

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    I then put my new StewMac truss rod bit in the router table and marked a line on the table corresponding to the edge of the bit. This in conjunction with the line on the blank tells me when to stop routing (thanks fletch).
     
  2. thecableguy

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    Marked the channel depth which I will cut in a few passes:

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    First pass:

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    A few more passes and the rod fits just a hair below the surface.

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  3. thecableguy

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    Marked out the wider part to fit the barrel of the spoke nut.

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    Another thing that Mr Fletcher does is recess the nut into the neck. I'm going to do the same.

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    Adjusted the fence and routed.

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    I used the same technique of drawing the line around the blank to tell me when to stop routing the recess.
     
  4. Rich Rice

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    Nice when stuff works out, despite our best efforts.. ;) Looking good. Keep going!
     
  5. thecableguy

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    After doing the same procedure for routing the pocket for the nut I chiseled the end of the channel square. It ended up being slightly past the line but it doesn't matter.

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  6. thecableguy

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    Thanks Rich! Fortunately I still have quite a bit of maple so if I completely screw up the neck I can start over. :D
     
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    LOL! I hear ya.. I've probably wasted a whole tree by now.. one toothpick at a time..
     
  8. thecableguy

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    And of course the best way to learn how to do something is to do it wrong.
     
  9. thecableguy

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    Here's the second screwup:

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    I wasn't paying attention on the side that was feeding in the same direction as the cutter. It grabbed a bit and pulled it a bit too far. Should be pretty easy to fix though.
     
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    Nothing wrong with the poor man's spindle sander. I got one :D
     
  11. thecableguy

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    For sure. :D

    It's actually a template sander. Very useful.
     
  12. thecableguy

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    Cut out the neck on the bandsaw.

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  13. Glen Smith

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    Is that a 9" band saw? My 9" won't cut worth crap!
     
  14. thecableguy

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure. It works great considering the price.
     
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    Put the neck back on the router sled and trimmed it to 20mm.

    Close enough:

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  16. thecableguy

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    Routed the neck and drilled tuner pilot holes:

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    The neck has some really nice flame. I'm pretty impressed with the cheap wood from Windsor.
     
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  17. thecableguy

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    Marked out the fret positions:

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    I think the blue fretboard will look pretty sweet, don't you? :twisted:
     
  18. thecableguy

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    Did a test cut with my $12 Canadian Tire saw:

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    Smacked in a fret with a plastic mallet:

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    Looking good, most importantly it's square to the reference edge:

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  19. Glen Smith

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    Would you have the item number on that Can Tire saw? Could you also measure the thickness of the blade at the teeth?
     
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    Hey Glen, the item number is 57-7407-8.

    http://m.canadiantire.ca/mt/www.can...ercraft+Reversible+Dovetail+Saw.jsp?locale=en

    I took my digital caliper to the store with me. Above the teeth it was 0.022" I believe. The teeth were angled out so I hammered them flat and now they read around 0.023" - 0.024", which is perfect. I can double check that when I get home. Before hammering they were 50 or 60 thou I think.
     
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