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I got a solid pine table from a friend: it's Pinecaster time!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Blazer, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The table is big enough for me to get at least five bodies from.

    I'm thinking one or two teles, a firebird, maybe a lester...

    The possibilities are endless.
     
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    YOu lucky S.O.B., that's awesome.
    How thick is it?
     
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    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Man, it must be nice :lol:. Congrats on the score, and hey, post the build threads! :)
     
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    I vote lester, 2 teles a firebird and a jazzmaster, if you got room for 5, make 5 !
     
  5. Blazer

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    Well you guys here are the rough cuts for two firebirds.

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    And despite the walnut-y look of the brown varnish, they are pine bodies.
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    I'm kinda tempted to leave the varnish as I like the way they make it look all homely.

    Now what to do with the rest of the wood...
     
  6. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    How thick are those slabs? I'm coveting them.

    P.S. Looking at your bench top in the background is fascinating :D. There are several things on your bench that I can't identify, only a couple things that I can.
     
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    They are around 4.5 centimeters.

    Bench tops tell a great deal about their owners and mine says that I'm a messy person.

    Among the things on my bench are a Boss Chorus Coffee mug, a Bosch electric drill, a 9 volt battery, a Marshall Jackhammer stompbox, a roll of tin solder and a metal 50 Centimeter ruler.
     
  8. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    Ah great, yes - 4.5 centimeters, I say that like I know how thick that is...I'm off to google convert now, be right back...

    1.77", wow now I'm really coveting them. I think I will like these Firebirds.
     
  9. crazydave911

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    Why not leave one in varnish, do something else with the other? You know what would look killer with that varnish on it? An LP JR SC ;). Just sayin' :)
     
  10. Olav

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    Pine tabletops are cheap as chips overhere. I got one for the latest BuildChallenge (decided to go another route during the process) at a Wellfarestore that will yield maybe 8 bodies. Thickness just under 5 cm or 1.88". Price was 60euros, that's about $90 at today's rate. The sides holding the legs are (well, look to the untrained eye) quarter sawn and I'll most definitely be attempting a couple necks from them.
    Dave's idea for a JR has been on my mind too. A nice TVY Special might be just what the doctor advised.

    I'll be watching this thread. Your pine looks much like mine. Do keep us posted on your progress. I'm most interested in seeing how your pine reacts to the router.
     
  11. Blazer

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    Well an experiment with a blowtorch has decided whether to strip off the varnish or not: it's extremely flammable.
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    Okay it's a Firebird but it shouldn't be in this sense, although I have to say that the burning folowed the pattrens of the wood quite nicely.

    So with that sorted out I laid down my plans for both Firebirds, because the one on the top picture has some dings and holes in the back I decided to make it flipped over, with a maple top to not only cover up those defects but also to add some strength.
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    Like this but a guitar.

    Pickups wise: I was thinking "Malcolm Young" so it'll get a single filtertron in the bridge.

    As for the second body, that will be a bass, a more traditional Thunderbird styled one, I found an unused neck from a previous project which I never finished which will get a good home on this bass. I am planning to use two EMG bass humbuckers that came from a Steinberger bass and the Kahler bridge that is currently on my "Westray" mutt bass. That Kahler has adjustable string spacing, perfect for those narrow EMG pickups.

    As always, I'll keep you guys informed on how it comes along.
     
  12. Blazer

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    Well today I got myself the pickup for the Malcolm Young idea, a Duesenberg "Little Toaster"

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    Well I did some work on the bodies today.

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    Here's the one with the burn mark of which I already have decided to make the flipped over guitar out of.

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    And here it is after the routing, as you can see, it's actually very nasty looking and the dents and holes required a visit to the planing machine.

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    Here it is after planing, what you're looking at is actually the back of the body because I planned something really classy with this one.

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    Tigerstriped maple baby.

    So on with the glue...
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    And clamp the whole thing.
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    And leave to let it set over night.

    I'm thinking sunburst for this one.

    As for the other body, that one came along really well too (But I forgot to make pictures of the progress with that one. :oops: )
     
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    White glue?????????????????? Wait...do I hear the titebond police......:).

    Looking good!
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Oh Yeh!!!! :)
     
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    Well today I resumed my work on both birds, titebond or no titebond. (Titebond actually is pretty hard to get hold of overhere and Bison white glue works just as well.)

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    Here's the flipped over one with the clamps removed and the edges trimmed, it came out much better than I thought, but thanks to the whole thing shifting when I clamped it, the join of the two pieces isn't in the center. @#%*#@!:mad:

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    Here's the body with my SG template attached, I used it for it's electrics cavity.

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    And this picture shows the recessed backplate cavity just after I routed it.

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    And here's the body while I was routing the electrics cavity.


    Of course I didn't neglect the other one.
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    Here it is, just after I finished routing the pickup cavities, they are where they should be on a Fender Jazz bass.
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    And of course I routed this one's back cavity and recessed backplate as well.
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    You can see my SG template sticking out from underneath.

    So here's to a day of hard work.
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    I took home several pieces of the maple I used on the flipped over body, so I can try out several colors.
     
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    I am lovin' that pin router!
     
  18. Blazer

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    You have no idea how much work that piece of equipment saves me from doing. I'm also glad that my boss trusts me enough to let me use it while he's on holiday.
     
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    there are some fine tablebirds sir!
     
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