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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. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yes - fantastic work - love to see an awesome looking body come out of that pile- awesome!
     
  2. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yup, it took me 2 weeks to make templates last time!

    Hopefully I know where it goes, this time the twist is in the finish, not the construction. ;)
     
  3. kwerk

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    Well, this update is literally as much fun as watching paint dry, but it is an update and basically what I've got ahead of me after work this week.


    Sanded the bondo back

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    Getting set to epoxy the body. Grainfill and sealer in one.

    I'm keen while I have the epoxy out to experiment for something I'll be doing further on in the build. I need to see if I can make a black epoxy with stuff I have to hand.

    Got these two. Rotring ink at the left, Good old Humbrol 33 on the right (familiar to kitset model making kids everywhere :D). Both of these have been kicking around in the bottom of my tool drawer for years.

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    Start with the epoxy on the body. Cross grain mostly on the first coat.

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    Then I start with the ink.

    Eurgh. After mixing with the epoxy, it looks like something out of Night of the Living Dead.

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    Turns out the ink may have separated over the years. The wet patch to the right of the spoon is straight ink from the bottle. Not particularly inky, to be fair. A whole lotta shaking later I get a denser black from it, but I think the densest may still be on the walls of the ink bottle. Eventually I get a good enough mix. I tried the paint too, so will see which one looks best after (or if) they dry.

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    You try writing in epoxy with a plastic spoon! :eek: ;)
     
  4. waster

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    You weren't tempted to use a matai floor board for your neck?
     
  5. ChaosRocker

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    you looking to get a contrasting black grain to the rest of the finish? I bought a guitar like that and would love to replicate the finish in a future build...I hope this is what you are after and you succeed in doing so!

    I really love the finish on this, it's the main reason I bought the guitar!
     

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  6. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    I would have if I'd found any. The piece I got is roughsawn, but it's cleaned up pretty nicely.
     
  7. kwerk

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    No, I'm planning on something else, but you're right, that's a cool effect.
     
  8. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Reporting in.

    Everything is one step forward and five backwards, and Murphy is playing way too large a part for my liking.

    I'm thinking about chucking it in for this year, I'm not sure my head's in the right place at the moment.

    :(
     
  9. emoney

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    No sense getting all "rash judgement" . I know how "things" get it in the way, as
    I'm Mr. 'Take on way too much at once'. However, you're already feet first in it, so
    let it rest a bit but then come back.

    And don't worry, I'm pretty comfortable in saying that I've got "last place/last finished"
    wrapped up.
     
  10. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    What the what? :eek::eek::eek: No way, wrong head placement syndrome is temporary. Besides you sorta have to have your head wrong to even do something like this right?

    Right...good talk, good talk. Lets reconvene on Monday and see where the head placement index is at ;).
     
  11. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    Dude - you're one of the reasons I'm doing this. Have a beer, chill, think about it. I don't even know what I'm doing, but I'm having fun.
     
  12. adirondak5

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    Hey kwerk , don't chuck it , as was already said you are one of the reasons some of us are here doing this , myself included .
     
  13. R. Stratenstein

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    Ditto, man.

    You were an underdog favorite last year with all that happened to you, we were pulling hard for ya, and wanted to see you have an easier go of it this year.

    With your check-in today, you reset the clock for yourself and now have a full week to step back a bit, clear your head, get some new inspiration going, and get back in the fray. May I suggest a few hopped, malted beverages to lubricate the process ?:)
     
  14. jpbturbo

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    Please don't go!
    I'd really hate to see you leave.
     
  15. flatfive

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    Hang in there, Phil. Take a couple of days off and see how
    you're feeling.
     
  16. BR06623

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    HANG IN THERE! You were part of my inspiration for getting into the build thing! :D
     
  17. RogerC

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    I'm just going to echo what everyone else has already said. However, if you've got other things higher on your priority list that need to be taken care of, then you know what you need to do.

    I'd like to see you stick it out, though. You do some inspiring work.
     
  18. kwerk

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    Thanks everyone.

    I made only slight progress this weekend. I need to rethink this a little. I definitely need to take a couple of days off thinking about it, I've been thinking about it all week at work, so to have two days off and not make any significant headway has been pretty disheartening.

    I've made so little progress this weekend I won't bother putting up the pics at this stage.
     
  19. Jupiter

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    If you feel stuck, my advice is to plunge ahead until you're sure you've screwed something up; after that, you'll know what you should have done. It's like magic.
     
  20. anyone

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    I know the feeling.
    It's good to breathe.
    I hope you stick it out and inspire us all again.
    Cheers!
     
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