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Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Mike Simpson, Mar 13, 2012.
I'm in... Details later....
Welcome back Mike, and good luck!
It's going to be fun watching your thread, Mike. Good luck, not that you'll need it
Good luck Mike!
Yeah glad you decided to enter. I loved your guitar from last year, one of the classiest teles I've seen.
I will try to get the wood posted tonight. I don't have a working printer at home so I'll have to try to print the proof page at work or go somewhere to print it. I am planning on a nitro finish (either sherwood green or sonic blue) so I need to get the body done quickly and get it on to the paint stage.
Love those colors...I'm in the same boat...gonna need some extra time for paint/clear...
Can't wait to see this one.
I have a question. How did you get busted from Big Mike to just Mike, and if you win the Challenge, will you get promoted back?
I enjoyed your build last year and look forward to seeing what you come up with this year.
Just a note: Maricopa will be forwarding us our mission details shortly. He is the designated Az woodbeaters Union chairman this year. I liked the one you did last year... hoping this one is keen too.
I asked to be de-bigged... A couple of years ago I had lost 100lbs... Unfortunately I have gained half of it back so I am fighting that dragon again. Everyone still calls me Big Mike... It started as a stage name 15 years ago and has stuck.
I found most of the 40lbs I lost too. Funny how that works.....
OK... Here's my wood shot... On the left is a piece of 8/4 ash with a piece of indian Rosewood and on the right is 8/4 alder and a piece of curly maple.
Still undecided what I am going to do. Right now I am leaning towards the ash body & rosewood neck on the left... I initially planned on an alder body and a rosewood neck but I have this piece of ash that I have not used and I am thinking about maybe a translucent finish on the ash.
In the 2009 Build Challenge I bought my first router on Craigslist...
In keeping with that tradition... just bought this Rigid Jointer on Craigslist today... I have been wanting to upgrade from my little tabletop Delta jointer.
I am going with the ash body and rosewood neck... unless something goes horribly wrong and I have to start over on one of them.
Tonight I ran the 8/4 ash through the Rigid planer and then across my new old Rigid Jointer. After a couple of adjustments to the jointer it works great.
Here is a shot of how much ash shavings the planer took off and a shot of the body halves ready to join.
That is one nice jointer...I just finally graduated to the table top delta from no jointer at all...but that machine would be nice to have...
Looking nice so far. Good Luck! I will be looking forward to seeing the finished product.
I smeared some titebond on the body halfs and clamped it up. I always use waxed paper to keep the glue that squeezes out from sticking to anything. I leave it clamped for an hour oe so and then unclamp it and wipe off the squeezed out glue with a wet rag.
....and now time for a fine craft beer at the Handlebar...
I Went to the Handlebar.... and had a Cocoa Mole' beer and a real dark red beer (I forgot the name of the beer)... Cool place out in Apache Junction, we have a gig there tomorrow night.
Before I went to the handlebar I took the body out of the clamps and cleaned off the squeeze out glue with a damp rag.