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Pew-caster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by eallen, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    So my vocation had me staring at one last old church pew we were trying our best to get rid of a couple months ago when I thought I saw what looked like a guitar stuck inside old oak slabs trying to get out.
    Their are a few things that would make some consider me very unlikely to build a guitar. One huge one being, I don't play! I did the traveling band thing many years ago in churches & play a little piano. But building a piano is not exactly practical,.especially since I don't play my old Roland digital as it is. But having 2 teenage sons who are avid guitarist brings new options.

    So after much reading of people here making it look easy, I was dumb enough to actually think it might be. So I decided to do what anyone who saw a guitar stuck inside a pew trying to get out would do, get it out! So here is my embark on the first to my knowledge Pew-caster.

    So I made a couple templates & got started.

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    Nothing new for you regulars.

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    My version of filling the grain. Oak is terrible to fill!
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    Rough out a neck using a Schemat based jig and fitting a double action truss rod, upside down for head adjust.

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    A bit of thinned amber schelac I have laying around for color and seal. No I don't know what I am doing. And A trial neck fit.
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    Oops, have to quite for event till later.
     
  2. Bush Wiebe

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    Love it!! I've always wanted to do the same thing from a pew from my own church but just have never done it. Good on you for doing it! It looks great.
     
  3. Stratty

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    Very cool idea, looks sweet! Now I'm looking for something wooden around me.
     
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    Eric,
    That looks fantastic and the grain is beautiful.

    You have a couple of very lucky children!

    Thank you for putting a smile in my heart,

    John
     
  5. BigDaddyLH

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    Oak? I have to ask, how much does it weigh?

    My butt has never darkened a pew, so I assumed this thread was going to be about some foul smelling wood.
     
  6. Bush Wiebe

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  7. eallen

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    Bigdaddy, I was surprised that it only weighs in at 9 1/2 lbs finished. Still lighter than my sons Gibson LP classic that weighs in at a whopping 16 lbs.
     
  8. eallen

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    I did decide to use a pew nostalgia stake, but I have to confess the real reason. The wood is free which made cutting the truss rod out of the first neck & throwing it away tolerable.

    The second one turned out much better with a bit of amber to add some age look to the oak.

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    After reminding myself how my old spray guns work from my past life in the aircraft industry & auto hobby, repeated reading of Ron Kirn's finishing projects, on go some colors.

    A few layers of orange allinine dye, followed by Brown, with thinned coats of lacquer to blend it & a coat of amber to blend it all.

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    A few scorching hot weeks of dry time on the Nitro and some wet sanding to level.

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    Now for a bunch of wet coats


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    Opps, dinner bell!!!


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  9. JayJ

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    That is looking SAH-weet!

    I approve of the burst.
     
  10. BigDaddyLH

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    :eek:

    Anything would be lighter after that. It must seem like an acoustic to him.
     
  11. xFallenx

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    You sir are doing an amazing job. That guitar is gonna be a beauty! :)
     
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    Nice fish!! We're heading out to wet a line tomorrow morning!

    I LOVE your idea. I have an old pew sitting in my barn as we speak! I was looking for a winter project...
     
  13. eallen

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    Thanks guys.
    Thanks on the fish burtonfan. We catch 4-5+ lb bass in our subdivision lakes regularly. Wish I had time to throw in a line as weather cools. Have fun throwing in a line!
     
  14. eallen

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    After all the reading on decal options I found an option I decided to give a try. While searching for transparency film on a whim we hadn't thrown it all away with the stone ages I came across clear contact paper left over from a decor project in a couple 2' wide rolls by 20' +. Cut a piece the size of a sheet of paper & ran it through the laser printer. It melted when I set the laser printer to transparency but printed great on regular paper.

    I had to light mist the first few nitro coats to keep it from melting the decal. Laser printing gets rid of the ink blead.issue. Our office full color laser offers intriguing possibilities. Not as thin as a water label but thinner than overhead transparency.

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  15. Bush Wiebe

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    This is awesome.
     
  16. eallen

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    After 1500 grit sanding, 4 steps with Meguires using my drill press as a buffer, fixing my mess ups, leveling & dressing the frets the hard way, I threw all the parts together:

    -Bill Lawrence Keystone pups
    - Wilkinson EZ lock tuners
    -A buch of stuff soldered under a pickgaurd
    (I was totally unimpressed with the genuine fender guard, knobs, & such I bought)
    -A spare tremolo left over from a past Flody Rose swap into one of my sons guitars.

    So here is what took two months to build in two day of posting.


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    So there is my Pew-caster. My 16 year old debuted it in our worship band & it sounds great! How fitting that wood once used to set on can be used to lead people to stand.

    Now to use the 1x8x8' tiger maple I found at Menards for $26 to get one done for at least my 16 year old son for Christmas. My 18 year old bought a 64 F100 for me to help him restore a bit that seems to have shifted his interest a bit. :)
     
  17. eallen

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    Oops,duplicate post.
     
  18. t-ray

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    Ron Kirn - is that you in there????? Come on, show yourself! ;)
    Really, what an amazing job. The finish on your guitar looks spectacular. Great job.
     
  19. eallen

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    t-ray, thanks for the compliment, though me thinks excessive kindness is in the mix. :)
     
  20. Rhythm Thief

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    Looks like a really nice job to me. A lovely finish.:cool:
     
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