mmoncur's 2013 Build Challenge: Yardstick thinline

Discussion in '2013 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by mmoncur, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    I vote for blatant yardstickery. :D
     
  2. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

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    I have slept on this build up to now. I am wide awake now. Very Cool build!

    I would definitely go with the blatant yardstick (#2) for the controll cover and keep the streamline look everywhere else.
     
  3. mmoncur

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    OK, it's decided -- I'll go with the yardstick-style cover. Thanks everyone!

    (I feel silly going to so much trouble to make a perfectly matching almost invisible cover when the easy way ends up looking better...)
     
  4. mmoncur

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    Lots of progress on the guitar this weekend. More pics coming.

    For starters, here's the "non-F" hole in progress:

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    I drilled it out with various sized bits, shaped it pretty close to final with the ROSS spindle sander, then finished with a Dremel cutter bit to give it a "routed" edge.

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    In the picture I'm using a yardstick as a straightedge template.

    I neglected to take a picture of the finished hole, but it will be in the next post...
     
  5. mmoncur

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    Routed some wiring channels with the Dremel.

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    Glued the top to the body!

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    I used the template as a clamping caul here. This was actually a bad idea, some areas weren't clamping tight because the top wasn't allowed to flex. After half an hour or so I re-clamped without the template.
     
  6. crashdavis

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    I love this build. I love ingenuity when it comes to using materials otherwise overlooked for guitar building. My first acoustic used a five piece top from a redwood post left over when I built my deck. This build proves that you don't have to spend a fortune on wood, and I'll bet it turns out playing and sounding great.
     
  7. mmoncur

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    Here's the guitar after gluing on the top...

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    And after shaping a bit on the ROSS...

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  8. mmoncur

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    Rounded the edges to 1/4" using the router. This was my first time using a roundover bit but it was easy. The body will need a bit of sanding but it's looking good!

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  9. mmoncur

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    Thanks! I have a few body blanks I paid $40 to $100 for, and I'm sure they'll make great guitars someday, but using $20 worth of yardsticks has really been great practice and I don't have to worry that I'll ruin a precious piece of hardwood.
     
  10. bloggs

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    Looks great. I'm loving this build - one of my favourites. Looking foward to seeing the finish on this body.

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  11. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Super cool build. It's looking really great.
     
  12. Moldy Oldy

    Moldy Oldy Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    This guitar is so freakin' awesome.
     
  13. Casual_Reader

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    gotta admit, when I come to check out the contest, I look for updates on this build first.
     
  14. Owl-man

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    Me too!
     
  15. mrblanche

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    When I first saw this build (I usually start at the last page, then go to the beginning to see how we got there), I thought I was looking at somebody who had done what I did with Baltic Birch plywood.

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    The inlay and fingerboard were purpleheart. As a guitar, it made a pretty good wallhanging. (It was given away in a raffle at a T bucket national meeting.)
     
  16. mmoncur

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    Thanks everyone for the show of support! It's great to read after spending a few days sick and not working on this thing. Anyway, back to work...
     
  17. mmoncur

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    Drilled the neck pocket.

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    Routed the neck pocket.
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    Checked the alignment of the neck pocket with a borrowed neck. It looks good!

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  18. RogerC

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    Looking great! It's almost like you've done this before :D.
     
  19. metecem

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    Measuring stuff on a yardtick Tele with a.... Yardstick!


    It's like robots building robots!
     
  20. jim the plumber

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    like how this is going was a bit sceptical at the start but nice very nice
     
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