My first complete build- Oakaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Dr Coolhand, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Dr Coolhand

    Dr Coolhand TDPRI Member

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    So after much time scouring these pages, I decided to build my own semi-hollow tele.

    My wood of choice was at first 2x4's, but that went a little haywire so it got abandoned. Learned a lot tho.

    Managed to get a small supply of maple, poplar and oak. And since no one builds with oak, I built with oak



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  2. Dr Coolhand

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    I was able to do a neat job resawing my maple into a top. Not perfect, but neat.


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    Then after using my templates for the pickups and such (which I learned the hard way why templates so valuable), I had a guitar looking thing


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  3. Dr Coolhand

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    Using the drill halfway thru both sides method was so much nicer looking then my first attempt.
    And the f-hole template with using the shaft as a "bearing" also worked wonders.


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    And then guess what, another template! Seriously thank you to all the builds on here and showing how to make some simple yet lifesaving templates. The neck pocket went great. Minus the part where the template shifted and got a little big.


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    Meh, it couldn't be a perfect build ;-)
     
  4. Dr Coolhand

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    Getting closer to the most dreaded part of my guitar building experience. Finishing.

    Needed some grain filing first, what with that oak being not so tight. Dap plastic wood did the trick.


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    Once sanded and smooth, it was time for the color to go on. I went with nitro and mixol tints. Going for a vintage cream here, so it ended up being @ 12oz of lacquer, 30 drops white, 3 drops yellow, 2 drops brown and thinned with 4ish oz of thinner.

    Didn't have much of a setup to spray but I made it work.


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    Nice and light, take my time.
     
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    oramac7891 Friend of Leo's

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    Off to a Great start
     
  6. Dr Coolhand

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    Slow and steady wins the race. But August in south Texas make spraying interesting. I think I ended up with 8-10 coats of color.


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    I was going for an opaque finish, but I really liked how it was looking with a little bit of grain showing.
     
  7. Dr Coolhand

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    So I decided to not go for the glossy wet look. It looks great when done right, but I don't have the skill set nor the patience yet. So satin finish it is. And I do like it, and since this is for me to play and enjoy that's all that matters :)


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    Dress rehearsal with all its hardware.

    Using the 2 strings truck of lining up the neck.


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    Was pretty straight despite my hack job of routing the neck pocket. No shims or nothing. Woo!

    However, the nut on the neck I got was crazy.

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    It was originally the paddle head variety of neck. I bought it off eBay for $40, but I'm thinking it was thru GFS. Seems nice to play on, but I had to replace the nut as it was cheap plastic and way uneven. One new Tusq later and my nut action was perfect rather than 1/8"from the board.
     
  8. Dr Coolhand

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    All done. Intonation is pretty close. Pickups are loud and crisp. Action is nice and low. I'm super pleased with this guitar.

    Oh and I got all the hardware on eBay from England. $75-85 for everything including the pickups, but excluding the string ferrules and strap buttons.
     
  9. Dr Coolhand

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    And I'm sorry about the images being rotated weird. Did all these posts from my phone using the app.

    But for everyone looking to build their own, this site is the best. I can't express how impressed and inspired i am by all of the builds and techniques and wealth of knowledge this place has.

    I'll build some more, but for now I'm gonna enjoy this one.

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    And build a template!
     
  10. nblades

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    I really like the modified pickguard shape to accommodate the F-Hole. Sharp!
     
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    I do too, good work on your build!
     
  12. fretman_2

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    Me three...I'm building two thinlines right now and I may use that idea!

    BTW...I build with oak too. Haven't done a solid oak body yet, but I've used oak for body top and bottoms. Have built all oak necks too. I like it and it's easily purchased at Lowes or HD.

    Tnx,

     
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    a very nice oakcaster for sure.

    that pick guard modification is the best looking ive seen for that situation
     
  14. Dr Coolhand

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    Thanks guys. The pickguard it's probably my favorite single piece of the whole.

    I was able to cut it and then shape it using a half round file. Used a Luckenbach, Texas vinyl sticker for the shape. :)
     
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