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mmoncur's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by mmoncur, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. mmoncur

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    I'm going to do this!

    I will be in the "Best Beginner" competition. I've never made a body or neck, my closest experience is assembling a not-yet-finished partscaster.

    I had planned on picking up a nice router, a new drill press, and a ROSS before I got started, but I don't think finances are going to allow that. So this is going to be a weird build using few tools, lots of work, and some slightly unconventional wood.

    Wish me luck!
     
  2. guitarbuilder

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    good luck...!
     
  3. RogerC

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    good luck, man! Can't wait to watch your progress
     
  4. crazydave911

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    Welcome, and good luck to ya'! :D

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    Good luck! I'm sure you'll get a lot of support here if you need
    it. As for tools, it would be handy to have at least a router and
    a hand-held drill.
     
  6. mmoncur

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    In the spirit of true professionalism, I'm going to start off this challenge by going to Disneyland!

    Not a great start, I know. I'll get down to business as soon as I'm back.
     
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    You're supposed to go to Disneyland after you win the beginner challenge.

    Good luck with your build and just remember everyone who's in the competition either is or started out just where you are. Try your best and be safe.
     
  8. mmoncur

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    And here's a useless post to keep my thread alive. I'll be back Monday with proof of start photos and maybe even some progress!
     
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    Just so ya know... someone already finished before you even started. ;)

    Have fun on vacation!
     
  10. mmoncur

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    OK, I'm back. Let's get started.

    Inspired by some of the comments on my "Hardware Store Wood" thread, and by a thread on "how many pieces can a body be before it loses tone" a while back, I thought I'd try a crazy extreme. So I now present 40 or so 69-cent yardsticks.

    yardstick1.jpg
     
  11. mmoncur

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    To make this seem slightly less crazy, here are some of them looking a bit more like a body blank.

    yardstick2.jpg

    These yardsticks are very flat but not very consistent. You can see the variation in wood color (which I plan on making visible in the end) but unfortunately they vary up to 1/8" in width, so I'll have to spend some time thicknessing the body...

    They're 1.5" in width, so my guitar will be 1.5" thick. I could add a layer of yardsticks on top to make it 1.75" but I like slightly thinner guitars.
     
  12. Davecam48

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    Paddle pop sticks, croc skins, concrete, who said we were all mad?
     
  13. mmoncur

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    Heh, I didn't even notice guitarbuilder's stick project until just now. I'm feeling way more confident that mine won't fall into pieces when tuned now...
     
  14. mmoncur

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    Argh, I shouldn't have started a new job during this project. Or I shouldn't have started this project during a new job...

    Anyway, I'm planning to make major progress on the body this weekend. Stay tuned.
     
  15. mmoncur

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    Progress!

    I printed out the lovely Terry Downs blueprint using a Mac program called Splitprint - highly recommended. Then I taped it to the back of the plastic cover from a poster frame, traced with a sharpie, then attacked it with some scissors and a dremel tool until I had a crude transparent template - it's less than 1mm thick, certainly not for routing, but good enough to trace an outline from.

    yardstick4.jpg

    Meanwhile, I picked out the widest 26 yardsticks (to minimize the amount of sanding later), lined them up in a vaguely pleasing pattern, and cut them in half at the 18" mark with my cheap bandsaw.

    I put the halves together in a "bookmatched" fashion so that the pattern is symmetrical and so the guitar will have a consistent weight (and maybe tone) on both sides. I numbered the yardsticks on both ends pre-cutting so that I could put them back in the proper order in case I dropped them all over the floor, which I of course did.

    Here's the body blank (not yet glued) with the template showing what the guitar body will look like.

    yardstick3.jpg
     
  16. Barncaster

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    Yes, this will be the Telecaster by which all others are measured.......literally ;)

    Barncaster
     
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    You might want a few more clamps ;)
     
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    Just glue that nice plexi template on the top and have a "Son of Scatterkwerkrulescaster" Which is German for "we're all freakin' nuts around here"

    Loving it Entertainment factor 10+
     
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    Just when you thought you'd seen it all... maybe it's not too late for a pencilcaster.
     
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    Just don't let the Nuns @ Catholic School get their hands on this thing. I'd say a whack
    from it could break a bone.
     
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