Kinda sorta Thinline build

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  1. CraigB

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    Never done a Thinline, been on my build wishlist for awhile, so when I was approached by an acquaintance wanting a T-style guitar that "has to be lightweight", my answer to that was "Thinline". A couple of his requirements rule out the recommendation:

    #1 NO F-hole
    #2 Tummy cut

    On the plus side, I get to build another guitar. Here's the plan:

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    The neck blank comes first. Those Timberwolf blades are so good, even my cheap little bandsaw cuts like a champ. Not shown, ROSS'd close to line and trimmed on router table.

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    Laid out and cut the Indian laurel fretboard

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    Attached it to my trussrod channel jig and cut the channel in about six passes

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    Drilled out the heel, a little chiseling for the adjustment end, got a pretty nice fit

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    By this time it was getting dark, and as usual, the cleanup almost took as long as the woodworking!
     
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    @CraigB - Looks like a good start. Will read the next progress reports w/ great interest.
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    That's why I don't clean up :)
     
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    Neither of the two requirement eliminate being able to hollow for weight control. The belly cut makes for more work because you have to tailor the internal contour to account for the exterior relief contour, but it's very doable...in fact, there have been a few threads here that have showed folks contouring the internal pockets. Go for it!
     
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    Taped the gluing surface off to prevent any chance of silicone getting on there, dabbed a little goop in the channel and dropped the t-rod

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    Taped the sides and rolled out some glue on neck and fretboard

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    Stuck in my index pins and clamped up. Got nice glue squeeze-out all the way around

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    Thanks, Jim! Yes, it'll be weight relieved for sure. I have seen the terraced interior routes to allow for belly cut and may do just that, depending on how much weight the lower chambers relieve. The body blank I have is already very light, just a little under 9 lbs. with nothing cut off yet, and it is 2" thick, so I'm going to have to thickness it as well.

    To my thinking, a Thinline has to have an F-hole, it just looks so cool, and so I'm mildly disappointed he didn't want one!
     
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    Here is the top. Got it off ebay for a pretty good price. Kind of a mixture of curly, flamey, quilty.

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    Planed the gluing edges and clamped it up.

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    Planed and thickness sanded the body, screwed the template down and drew the outline

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    And cut out on the bandsaw. Accidentally let the blade wander inside the line on the upper bout. o_O

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    Love the Whiteside spiral router bit. Thankfully, there's only a couple little superficial cut marks where I veered off course on the bandsaw

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    Returning to the neck, used the SM tuner hole drilling jig to start the holes, then to the drillpress and complete the pilot holes.

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    And just let the brad point poke through

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    And bring it through from the backside

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    And trim the fretboard flush

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    And cut the fret slots

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    That all went pretty well, until it started raining. Thankfully it started with a few sprinkles, just enough time to drag everything in before it started to pour!
     
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    Here's my headstock thickness router jig. A couple protruding dowels for the E tuner holes with a wooden strip strapped across the 2nd fret location keeps it stationary. Simple, ugly, effective

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    This was done in four very shallow passes

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    And then ROSS in the transition

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    This is SO flippin cool - thanks for taking the time to document the whole thing w/ pics. gonna enjoy watching this one take shape!! :)
     
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    Two outta three ain't bad - I think I'm going to build one just like it!

    I'm working mostly outside too with a similar set of tools, there's just a bit less snow where you are...

    Looking good so far, that's some steady progress you're making.
     
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    Drillin' for dots

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    And glue 'em in

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    And sand in the 9.5" radius

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    Thanks, I'm really enjoying myself so far!

    Yeah, the snow would definitely be a problem! Wouldn't it be great to have a real workshop with heat, dust removal, etc.? Some of the members have such nice setups, it's hard not to be just a little jealous.
     
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    great thread!!
     
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    Glue-up was a success. The two sides were not thicknessed exactly the same, so grabbed the 1/4" thick glass plate sanding beam and went to town...like two hours of manual sanding & wiped a little alcohol on it. Sure makes me want a drum sander!

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    And cut close on the bandsaw. This time I stayed a little further outside the line. What a great idea ;)

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    I hate doing this in the garage, but I couldn't let the rainy day stop progress. What a mess that made!

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    By the time all the holes were drilled, there was a break in the rain, just enough time to cut out this template for the chambers

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    And get it routed out. Literally ran out of daylight, my motion floodlights came on as I was finishing up the final route. This really lightened it up a lot. With the tummy cut and other small cavities, it should be just right

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    And move back into the garage and get it ready to glue the top on

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    Used my strat template and the tele template as clamping cauls. Once the squeeze-out started to appear all the way around, pulled the tape and let it sit overnight

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    Can hardly wait to see the finished product. Killer job so far.
     
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    I would just like to say that building a neck is not as easy as this post would infer. Great job!! That neck looks fantastic!!
     
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    Thank you!

    Roger that! When I get to this point without any major screwups, the anxiety level goes up ever so slightly :lol:

    You'll note, for now I've abandoned the neck and focused more on the body, lol...anywho, outta the clamps, it begins to look more like a guitar

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    A little trip around the ROSS, and a spin around the router table, looks pretty good.

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    I didn't forget about the neck completely, though. This is just one of those rainy day items that needs to get done at some point, so now's as good of a time as any. I use testor's model paint and a toothpick, a little drop on the end, lay it on in the wider openings, then drag through the narrower parts of the letters, kind of the reverse of drag'n drop if you know what I mean! The toner on the decal actually forms sort of a dam that holds the paint within its boundaries.

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    Such great work! I love it!
     
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    Merry Christmas To All! Out of due respect for my wonderful neighbors, I promised to keep the noise level around here low for the next couple days. So handtools it is.

    Leveled the nut slot. Hardly a sound there

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    Sanded the side dots flush and ran the pullsaw through to clean up and radius the fret slots. Fairly quiet

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    A little three-corner file work to open up the top of the slots

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    This thing makes no noise

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    By this time, not hearing a sound emanating from the sideyard, my wife came out to check on me to see if I was doing OK :D

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    And I went about my business

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    Chopped off the ends flush.

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    And a little markup to guide the carve

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    a quite peaceful Christmas Eve day!
     
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