LP Style Walnut and Maple Build

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  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    I started this project in September and I just haven't gotten around to posting it. This is a Les Paul style build with walnut, a figured maple top and a 3 piece neck.

    Body blank jointed and glued:
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    Maple top from BC:
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    Wood for the neck:
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    Cut out the center piece for the neck. Sanded it on the ROSS and used it as a template for the outer pieces.
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    Glued up, cleaned up the face and routed the truss rod slot.
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    Glued on some ears and cleaned up the headstock face.
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    Made a headstock template and routed the outline using a 1/4" bit and a router bushing. Made multiple passes to cut out the headstock and then flush trimmed to the template.
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    Made a template for routing the sides of the neck and routed it flush.
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  2. thecableguy

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    I took the body blank in to the guy I bought the wood from to have it planed / drum sanded to thickness. Made a template and routed the electronics cavities and wiring channel.
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    Took away some unnecessary weight.
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    Cut out and flush trimmed the body.
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  3. skipjackrc4

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    Subscribed! Walnut and maple is probably my favorite combination of woods. Except for possibly cocobolo and maple.
     
  4. thecableguy

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    I also had the top touched up on a drum sander.
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    Cut out, glued, and flush trimmed.
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    My $70 jointer with new $25 blades works quite well.
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  5. thecableguy

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  6. thecableguy

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    Routed the neck plane and pickup plane. I drew it up in CAD first to make sure the strings sit parallel to the pickup rings I'm using. Ended up with the pickup plane 2 degrees off horizontal and the neck plane 4 degrees off horizontal.
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    After a bunch of quality time with a scraper, orbital sander and palm sander:
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  7. thecableguy

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    Couple ebony fretboards off ebay.
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    Cut the slots and did a 12" radius on the jig.
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  8. guitarbuilder

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    This is a nice build. I'm tempted to try a top like that with the different plateaus just because.... That curly looks about 2" thick with that angle... I bet you were a bit nervous for a while?
     
  9. thecableguy

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    Thank you sir!
     
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    Thanks Marty. The top is 1" thick. Yeah I took the terrace routing slow.
     
  11. thecableguy

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    Made an overlay for the headstock.
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    Used a router to square up the end of the overlay where the nut will sit.
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    Routed a binding channel.
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    Glued on the binding with acetone.
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  12. thecableguy

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    I used my binding bit to make the fretboard template 1/16 smaller than the neck template on each side. Routed it and glued on some binding, again with acetone.
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    Scraped and sanded the board smooth.
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  13. thecableguy

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    Fretting the board. I got a fret press caul and fretwire tang nipper off eBay.
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    Filed the fret ends.
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    Drilled for side markers.
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    Punched them out of scrap binding.
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    Put them in and applied a drop of acetone to each one to weld it in place.
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    Beautiful, Brian. Impressive work. :D
     
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    Nice clean work!
     
  16. lbridenstine

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    Wow, that's looking really great!


    That looks like a piece of art. :D
     
  17. thecableguy

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    Cleaned up the headstock binding.
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    Glued on the fretboard.
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  18. thecableguy

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    Thanks Rick!






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    Thanks Lisa!
     
  19. mrz80

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    This is looking really good. Nice job!
     
  20. thecableguy

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    Made a neck pocket template. Not doing the standard Gibson mortise and tenon joint.
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