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Kwerk's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by kwerk, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. PapaLion

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    Wood you send some pics in on the build now and then?

    I wood luv 2 sea them.

    Wishing you smooth sanding friend.
     
  2. nosmo

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    I really liked your guitar last year. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year.
     
  3. Guitarnut

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    Hey Kwerk. Glad to see you in it this year! Anxious to see what you'll build.

    You probably should design it in Lightwave first. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Mark
     
  4. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey thanks for all the encouragement guys!

    Cab, good to see you back! I can't wait to see what work of art you bring us this year!

    Glenn, I'm not 100% convinced of your math, but thanks! I'm convinced the answer will be 42.

    Bret, so glad you're along for the ride, it's gonna be a lot of fun. As they say down here, Don't let the buggers wear you down! :lol:

    Nosmo, good luck with your first! Just realise you've doomed yourself to do this for the rest of your life - remember, as the line in Highlander goes, "there can be only, er, dozens". :D

    Mark, I only ever use LW for occasionally making money these days. Besides, Leo's already designed it. I just need to make it. ;)

    My weekend comes around first so I guess I'll be kicking it off for the friday night/saturday starting guys and girls. I'm not going for fastest build though!

    Good luck to all you guys. This is gonna be such a blast!

    :D
     
  5. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    And away we go.

    I decided I might go a little more down low on the materials front this year. And what could be more down low than this? :eek::D


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    From the original machinery that these pallets carried, this stuff has come from the UK. Course, it may have originated elsewhere, but it's very light. If it's pine, it's a lot lighter than the local variety. I need lightweight for this build, so this will be perfect. I'm not worried about knots or defects at all as I' going for something approaching a painted finish.


    Into the car it goes

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    And at home, with the neck wood, rough sawn matai, which is not as good a quality as my supplier from down in Christchurch, but I'm not worried. It's thicker for a start, so I'm going to experiment with a "one piece" neck with a double action rod.. :eek:

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    I guess that makes it all official like. ;)


    So, better get started plucking:

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    After that, I set up the router plane and get down to business. The wood varies in thickness, so I'm orientating on edge.

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    And, an hour or so later

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    Glue and Crampzirra

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    Onto the neck. Trying to be economic with the matai plank, I should be able to get another two necks from it.

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    Planed. This is still nice timber, even though I've had better. It planes beautifully.

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    Rough cut:

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    Neck mostly routed (except for the heel) and ready for another day tomorrow. Gotta put the designer hat on tonight. Work to do on that front. :eek:

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    ;)
     
  6. Davecam48

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    :confused:May the fork be with you Luke.... er ........... Phil!
     
  7. waster

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    I love scrap wood builds, pallets etc
     
  8. TRexF16

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    Loves me some pallets too! Keep the pics flowing.

    Rex
     
  9. paulmarr

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    Sow's ear to silk purse - looking forward to seeing what you can do with it - lots of pallets lying around! ;)
     
  10. Davecam48

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    We have the same router! They are a reasonable unit the old Makitas.
     
  11. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yup, I love the old thing, but it's getting noisy. Bearings needed soon methinks.
     
  12. adirondak5

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    That neck wood , matai , looks quite nice , and the body , I like laminated bodies , once routed and sanded I think they look cool , you are going for a solid color on this or is it going to be a trans. finish ?
     
  13. kwerk

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    Oooohhh, Herb, I so want to answer that question. ;)

    I'll go with "solid colour".
     
  14. Davecam48

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    I bet he's going to try a swirl?
     
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    Guess I am gonna have to keep an eye on you then :p
     
  16. kwerk

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    I hope you have better luck at the TAB, Dave. ;)
     
  17. RogerC

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    :lol: Best materials shot EVER! :lol:
     
  18. kwerk

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    Arrghh!! Frustrating lack of progress today. :mad:

    Had a lot of stuff on my plate today, so I only had limited build time. Unfortunately, router planing 30mm (1.25") off a guitar blank took way longer than I'd hoped. :rolleyes:


    Started by chiselling off the highest bits

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    Put in a cheap router bit in case there were going to be any undetected nails. Fortunately there weren't.


    Into the router sled, and planed, and planed and planed for 2 hours. :eek:

    Naturally, on the last finishing pass, I gouged the obligatory makers mark nice and prominently near the middle of the blank. Ahhh. Kwerk was here (and bondo soon will be). ;):D

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    Man, this is definitely pallet grade timber. This pic makes it appear a lot smoother than it is. There's some nasty rubbishy stuff in this blank. Still, it's not called a Challenge for nothing.

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    Very roughly cut on the jigsaw.. have I ever mentioned I have a deep distrust for jigsaws? :rolleyes:

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    And another workout for the wee router eventually got me a body.

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    And, sadly that was it. I knew I wouldn't have as much time as I would have liked on the guitar this weekend. I would have made more progress on the neck but my trussrod hadn't arrived by Friday. Nevermind, I can spend a little time on non-noisy stuff like grainfilling and so on in the evenings after work this week. I hope to have a much better run at things next weekend.

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    In the meantime:

    Bondopalooza!!

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    Will be out with the epoxy tonight.

    :)
     
  19. w3stie

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    Looking good [​IMG]
     
  20. Guitarnut

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    I'm loving the contrast between this build and last year's. From finely detailed and intricate to almost a put it together and see where it goes attitude.

    Something earthy and raw about this one. Fantastic work so far...

    Mark
     
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