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How Hard would it be? Wood Shop 301

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by dantonel, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. dantonel

    dantonel Tele-Meister

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    Ok so I was thinking about making a special guitar for my Dad who used to Race Corvettes in the 70's and he now owns a very nice '74 'Vette in that 70's Vette Orange. My question is: how hard would it be to "Sculpt" an LP style headstock (or just a starter paddle) into the nose of a 70's era Corvette[​IMG]

    Ok... so lets say I'm a "Novice" wood worker with a dremmel... can anyone give me some tips on how to accomplish this monumental task (or I'll pay someone to do it!)
     
  2. JohnPurdy

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    You might be able to use a projector to size a drawing or photo to the correct size. Then you could trace it on some template material, cut it close and sand to finish the template. Then use the template to cut out the headstock.
     
  3. Guitarnut

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    Your photo isn't showing so I am guessing you're talking about the carve being as if you're looking down on the hood and fenders with the nut of the guitar being at the area of the windshield wipers?

    The basic shape should be easy enough as it's a simple profile. The carving might present some challenges not only in execution, but the Corvette fenders rise above the hood and this could make it tough to get the shape you want and still be able to mount tuners effectively. You could do some simple carving lines that just "outline" the various features of the hood and fenders, keeping the headstock mostly flat.

    I think it's a great idea and tho I can't offer any help with the carving, I look forward to seeing it when it's done.

    Peace,
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  4. RodeoTex

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    Your description reminded me of this:
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  5. Guitarnut

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    '63 split window...nice!!!
     
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    I have to admit... I drooled a lil bit when I saw that!

    Jim
     
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    That would be reasonably easy with a couple small chisels and a Dremel set. Pencil all the lines and start shaping it.

    Okay that's over simplified but I don't think I could give instructions in type.

    [​IMG]

    I know what the red guitar is supposed to be, but I just see an evil robot head.
     
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    "Evil Robot Head"???....I see it too!

    Did you do the mock up in Sketch Up? Looks Great


    cheers...Wayne
     
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    Corvette guitars!
     

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    That's the image that didn't show up for the OP. (It does have the SketchUp look.)
     
  11. dantonel

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    Well... I kinda Cheated. I took a 70's vette (pre-Made) and a Les Paul Style (Pre-Made) and just Deleted what I didn't want on the Vette and Planed them evenly.
     
  12. cmatthes

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    You could always "cheat" and look for a scale model of the Vette you want. I'd think that something in a 1/24 or 1/18scale or so would be approximately the size you'd want, and would already have the correct contours.

    Use that and any online technical drawing of the year/model car you want as a guide to draw/transfer onto the wood and start carving away.
     
  13. Guitarnut

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    Just foolin' around in Photoshop...

    The outline of the Vette works nicely. I still think the carving will present problems with the tuners.

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    A nice graphic at a 3/4 view might look good, too.


    [​IMG]


    Here's the outline I sketched in PS...not sure what year it is. It might help you with the carving.

    [​IMG]

    Peace,
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  14. dantonel

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    ... ... ... I love you.... I truly love you. That looks Awesome.

    Does anyone know the Dementions of a standard "paddle" headstock. I'd like to practice on a piece of wood prior to messing up a perfectly good neck.
     
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    I think this would work with the tuners if it had the front wheel wells cut out.
     
  16. Guitarnut

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    It's nice to be loved :)

    I was able to determine that the outline is a '78 Stingray.

    Let us know how it goes. I think practicing is a good idea. But, if you're feeling your creative juices, don't waste it all on practice...dive in there on the real deal!

    Peace,
    Mark
     
  17. Guitarnut

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    Cool idea! I hadn't thought of that. It would add another dimension to the treatment, too.

    Peace,
    Mark
     
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    The 3/4 view graphic looks nice also. Nice job with the ideas, Guitarnut!
     
  19. dantonel

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    OK... How Cool would it be if I found some Custom Tuning Heads that looked like Tires!!!!! Oh the endless possibillities.
     
  20. Guitarnut

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    You sure about that??? :p

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    Peace,
    Mark
     
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