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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by thecableguy, Nov 15, 2014.
Are you going to bind the body Brian?
No, I'm doing a natural maple edge like PRS.
I've always been scared of a set-neck, I guess because I'm skeerd of messing up the separate tenon or mortise. But your method is close enough to a bolt-in, that I'm comfortable with, that I might just be able to do this. Hopefully with that beautiful transition curve that you got. Elpee inspiration!
Are you going to sand the blue back to the faded denim look, or keep it more brilliant?
Awesome build, Brian, really, really nice.
Hey Rick, you should give it a try! This is my second set neck build and it's definitely easier this way than with the mortise and tenon joint, which wasn't too difficult, just tedious. One thing I found with this one was when I went to glue in the neck it was fairly difficult to seat the neck in the pocket after applying glue. I think the water in the glue raised the grain a bit and made the fit tighter. Next time I'll probably wet the mating surfaces and lightly sand them to prevent that.
I'm going to go for a darker blue on this one. Thanks for the kind words as well Rick, much appreciated!
OK so I dyed the top. First I mixed a weak black dye and wiped on a couple coats, then lightly sanded with 220 to even it out.
Next I mixed a strong batch of blue dye (80 drops in a dixie cup of water) and wiped on 2 coats.
Removed the masking tape and cleaned up the edge of the maple.
Oh, that came out nice and crisp! Nice!
Some how I have missed this one. Nice work! I like all of the features you've added in.
I am digging your build and skills Brian.
Wow, very clean!!. Nothing leaked under the masking tape. This will be very nice top!
Much appreciated Nick!
There was a little bit of bleed but nothing the sandpaper couldn't handle. I got the top from Fraser Valley Fine Woods out of British Columbia: http://fine-woods.com/
Is there any special technique to get no dye bleed under the tape, and such a clean line? Thanks for the details on the finish, as I asked for ealier - we're getting to the good part now, where it starts all coming together!
I just used good quality masking tape that has a bit of flex to it. Also I was careful not to slop on the dye near the edge. There was a little bleed but it was minimal.
You can as well seal the sides before.
Fantastic job Brian! This is the exact look I'm going for for my maple/mahogany build. When you say a weak coat of black, do you have any proportions to suggest.
I'm using StewMac colortone dye in water.
When you say 80 drops of blue in a dixie cup of water, how much water gets in that dixie cup?
Yeah I was considering that method as well.
Thanks Andre! For the black I think it was 40 drops in a 3/4 full Dixie cup of water. Just a standard small paper cup you get in the toothbrush aisle. It's really not that critical because if it's too weak going on you can either add coats until you get the desired shade or add more dye to the mix. I'm using the ColorFX dyes from Woodessence in Saskatoon. They're pretty much the same as the Stewmac ones I believe.
Any updates Brian?
Looks awesome. I really like your fret board radius jig