Pool and Guitars. A natural combo.

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  1. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've shown a few pics of this one in the "What's on your workbench" thread, but I thought I'd go ahead and start a separate thread so everyone can watch it come together in one place.

    So those of you who know me, know that I like themed guitars. Why? I'm not sure. I guess maybe it's because I enjoy the creative task of pulling in the things that point to the theme without going over-the-top. At least I hope I never go over the top.

    Pool and guitars seem to be a natural combo since they're both frequently seen together in the bars and dives that we've all haunted at one time or another.

    So here we go.

    The idea is to have the body be reminiscent of a high-end pool table with a dark stained sapele back and a green maple top.

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    Once all the woodworking was done on the body, I got it sanded to 220 and sent off to my new finish guy. He used to be head of the finish department at Dean guitars, and he also paints custom motorcycles, so he's got some major chops. Here are the pics he sent me:

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    I should have the body back next week, so I've got to get the neck done.

    Going with a plain maple neck and fretboard with an inlay on the 12th and one on the back of the headstock.

    I've got a friend with a CNC laser, and he helped me with the inlays. There's no way I could've done these without his help. Not only did he cut the ridiculously small pieces, but he cut the inlay pockets on the fretboard as well.



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    Then I got the truss rod slot cut and got the fretboard glued on. I've got 2 of the same routers, so I have my 1/4" bit in one, and my larger bit for the adjustment nut section in the other. That way I can go between the 2 without having to change anything, and I can get the TR slot perfect.

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  3. RogerC

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    Once I got the fretboard trimmed down, I got the side markers set. As part of the theme, I'm doing them in chalk blue Sculpey clay.

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    Then I got the headstock thinned down so it would fit in my Scheltema jig to get the neck carved. After trimming most of the thickness on my band saw, I use my 2" drum in my spindle sander to finish up and get a nice transition.

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  4. RogerC

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    And then I got the neck carved today.

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  5. RogerC

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    And then it was time for frets.

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    And now you're all caught up for now. I got the inlay glued into the back of the headstock earlier, and I'll get pics of that tomorrow. Also on the agenda for tomorrow is getting the fretwork done and spraying the lacquer.
     
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    Dang Roger! That's gonna be great! My favorite part of the whole thing is the blue chalk dots. That's like the icing on the already iced cake.
     
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    I haven’t seen that neck carving set up before. Do you still have to go back and do more shaping or does it pretty much get you where you want to be?
     
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    I love the inlay! It really gets the point across. And leaving the neck its natural color gives it a feel of a pool cue (is that the right word? Haven't played in a while).
     
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    Thanks, Steve!

    Really? There are actually a few threads here just on that rig. It was designed by Bill Scheltema quite awhile ago.

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/scheltema-neck-contour-jig-and-puck-discussion.371134/

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/scheltema-jig-user-tips-and-router-bits.923098/#post-8895655

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/scheltema-jig-question-not-already-answered.724689/

    You still have to do the headstock and heel transitions and sand out the milling marks, but you can minimize them by moving the neck in smaller increments.

    Thanks, Gemini.

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    I've played one of Roger's guitars before carved on that jig, and it's very comfortable. I liked it a lot.
     
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    Absolutely beautiful.
     
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    This is shaping up to be a brilliant guitar!
     
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    BEAUTIFUL work!

    Having done several hollow and chambered Teles, I know the level of effort that goes into this stuff. You gots skillz!
     
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    Thanks, John!

    Thank you, Alberto

    Thanks.
     
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    So kewel when a great "theme" totally comes together like that!
     
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    I started today with work on the inlay in the back of the headstock. It's 1" in diameter, so I just used a 1" forstner bit to dill the recess then glued it in with epoxy.

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    I started sanding with 120 grit to get the inlay flush.

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    And worked through 180, 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, and 1200 grits to get it to here.

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    Once that was done, it was time to get the frets leveled and crowned.

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    Finally, I sanded everything to 320 and started spraying the lacquer.

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    I got a couple of good coats sprayed today, and I'll get another 1 or 2 on tomorrow, then I'll let it cure. I also ordered a buffing setup for my lathe. It uses 8" buffs, so it should be pretty good for necks, which is all I'll need it for. Well, that and maybe a few pens here and there.
     
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    Fine looking work Roger!

    I didn't realize that I like green guitars until just now; that is a stunning shade of green, looks like an emerald gemstone :).


    edit: the perspective on that eight ball is a nice detail touch, too.
     
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    Love the 8 ball. Now you just need to turn a cue to go with the guitar.
     
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    Wow Roger. Glad you started a thread for this - I’ve been watching in the Workbench thread. That body is stunning, and the two inlays on the neck are outa this world. Great work as always! Can’t wait to see this come together.
     
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