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Routing a finished body?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by yeoldeinn, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. yeoldeinn

    yeoldeinn Tele-Meister

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    Hello,

    I need to open out an existing pickup cavity in a body that's finished, will a router take chips out or leave it intact? Should I heavily score the finish before routing?

    Is a faster speed best best for this task?

    Thanks
     
  2. netgear69

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    never tried that but scoring makes sense if you are doing it free hand without a template i wish you the best of luck
     
  3. Tatercaster

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    I would think a very sharp bit at high speed makes the most sense. I've routed a finished body, but used an end mill.
     
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  5. Tom Pettingill

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    A template is definitely recommended. To add, use masking tape to protect the body and then use double sided tape to fasten the template.
     
  6. metecem

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    Take Tom's advice. Cover the back with masking tape and use double sided tape to fix a template onto it. If you can, get a larger piece of plywood where you can duplicate the template first so you can as well clamp the template to avoid any possible slipping.

    Use a new bit, a sharp one. And no, never go slow with the routing (as to router speed)! Don't ask me how I know that! :)
     
  7. Joe Sailor

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    I had great luck with a drum sander attachment on a drill for turning a humbucker to a P90 route. Believe the body was a soft basswood. Didn't have to take off much. It left the paint intact. Slow, but I did it freehand.
    They are about an inch long, er, 2.5 cm.
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  8. Tatercaster

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    So, if we were using a milling machine instead of a router, how fast should it run? 2,500 rpm is top speed. 4 flute mills of various sizes.
     
  9. trev333

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    I just made a pattern and routed straight into the finish.. to mount some dog ear P90's into a Whibley squire...:twisted:

    it was a clean cut without any noticeable chipouts....:cool:
     

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    I like it.
     
  11. dsutton24

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    I've routed finished bodies a bunch of times, and have never had trouble with chipping. I'm careful to use a sharp bit, and make light, nibbling cuts.
     
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    take a paper towel, using spray glue glue it to the bottom of the router... don't worry about scoring... not necessary..

    Ron Kirn
     
  13. trev333

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    interesting to note,,,, there was NO PU rout under the PG for a neck PU on this Whibley body... virgin white....:eek:...

    a great Esquire/Cab mod body if you don't want a guard...:)

    which felt especially heinous to rout through...:twisted:..

    oh.. and the big head strat type neck on these is one of my fav necks to play.. a full C which feels great in the palm...:cool:
     
  14. CapnCrunch

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    Genius! Never thought of that before.
     
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