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Semi-Hollow Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by hfw01, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. hfw01

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    I also cut my neck to thickness today, but made a mistake on the last route. I changed bits, and grabbed the wrong one. I grabbed one that routed a little groove on the neck. I hope that I have myself enough cushion that it will end up in the workshop floor when I do the carve. We will see. I will probably start the carve before I glue the fretboard on, so I can be sure it will be ok.
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    Took a few minutes after I ate lunch to glue the fretboard on before I went back to work.

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    I removed the clamps form the neck. It looks ok. Needs to be trimmed, carved, and fretted. And I need to make the nut.

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    Looking good!
     
  5. hfw01

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    Started Neck Carve

    I used a rasp to start my carve today at lunch. Made my way to the first facet that I drew the other night. I also used my band saw to trim the fretboard close to the neck. I will sand to get it even.

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    It's actually starting to look like a neck. ImageUploadedByTDPRI1441477369.254036.jpg
     
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    I worked on the body some today. The top is pretty thick, so I used a forstner bit to make recesses for the knobs. I may need to thin the top some so there is enough knob sticking out to easily adjust. I also started to rough out the neck pocket. It is too small in all directions on purpose. I just did a rough measure, and will do a final cut when I can make use of my dad's router.
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    Spent a good bit of time over the weekend working on the neck profile. I am getting pretty close to done on the carve. I think the shape is pretty much there. The groove I routed in by mistake has been filled with glue and sanding dust, and is visible, but not too bad. Once it is lacquered it will be difficult to see, and should be impossible to feel, which is what really matters. Hopefully I can get the tuner holes drilled after work today. The measurements are done, I just need to make the wholes.

    I order some plug cutters, and am planning on doing fret markers in maple. I would love to do them in cedar to match the top, but am afraid it would be too soft, and would wear too quickly. Once the markers are done, I will be able to try installing frets.

    I'll share pics tonight when I get the tuner holes drilled.
     
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    I did a little more carving to the top so that the control recesses were not so deep. ImageUploadedByTDPRI1441928017.684354.jpg
     
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    The plug cutters arrived today. I would love to make 3/8" dots, but I think that they will be a little too big on the higher frets. I cut out some paper to see what it would look like with 3/8" markers, and with 3/8" markers to the 12th fret, and 1/4" markers the rest of the way. I'm not sure which I like better.
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    I drilled and glued in fret markers through the 12th fret. Still need to do the last four, but I am planning on making them slightly smaller. I drilled the rest of the holes for 1/4" markers. Unfortunately, the plug cutter that I thought would make the right size dots is a little too small.
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    I started sanding the fret markers down today. I also verified that what was supposed to be a 1/4″ plug cutter is actually a 3/16″ plug cutter. Hopefully the company I bought it from replaces it with no issues.

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    It's all about the bits

    I have gotten the proper size forstner bit to be able to drill the tuner holes.

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    And the proper plug cutter bit to be able to make the small fret markers, which I cut and glued in at lunch today. Now I just need to sand them all smooth.

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    I did a little more sanding on my fret markers. I'm about to the point where Ian going to switch to a finer sand paper so I don't scratch up the fretboard. (Please notice my high tech, purpose built, sanding station)

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    Nice build! I love to see someone's imagination come to light.... It's also nice to see someone much like myself, that doesn't have a fancy shop to work in.

    P.S.- can't wait to see how your violins turn out.
     
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    Thanks. Everything is coming along a little at a time. I've got the violin bodies sanded to 100 grit. Still need to finish the necks so I can glue it all together.

    I wish I had a nice shop to work in. I was close to having a pretty good shop prior to Hurricane Katrina, but she took away most of my tools, and discouraged me from rebuilding a full shop.
     
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    Yeah, but he does have a man called Ian to do his sanding for him. That's pretty nice.
     
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    That's what I need. I have tried to get my daughters to help, and they do sometimes, but sanding is definitely not their favorite job.
     
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    Fret Markers!

    Now I am ready to try putting in frets for the first time.

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    Frets cut. Hopefully I have time tomorrow to get them installed. ImageUploadedByTDPRI1443742934.679440.jpg
     
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