Smokestack Pinetop

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  1. erix

    erix Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Barncaster is right.

    Here's a challenge-like build. I will be making a body out of found wood and other bits I have laying around. I won't be making a neck - this time. The challenge? Finishing it before my wife finds out I'm not working on the media center I'm supposed to be building!

    Let's git at 'er!
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  2. erix

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    Here's a pile of wood, Roasted Alder, Roasted Ash, and a pine shelf from the closet of a house I used to live in. The Alder is too thin for a body so I'll be capping it with the pine. It might still be too thin so the ash is there to make a pinstripe between the two if I need it.
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    I can make one body out of a single board. Might make two - just in case...
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    Like this..
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    Just right!
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    The glue-up.
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    All done. It weighs 4.5lbs right now, hope to get closer to 3.5 when its cut out!
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    Here's the pine. Its about .400" thick and has some nice tight grain and light weight. The house it came from was built in '59 and it has a nice dirty patina on one side.
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    Unfortunately there is a dark streak running the length of it.
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    It's also just a bit too narrow...
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    If he only wouldn't have hand-cut the side off...
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    Cut to length, ripped through the dark streak.
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    What's left of the streak will be hidden by the neck and pick guard.
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    The wider growth rings will be cut away.
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    Obligatory mock up shot.
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    That's very beautiful. I love the roasted alder and the old pine. Way to go! Can't wait to see more.
     
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    Awesome project and goal!


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  6. erix

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    My new-to-me router arrived this week. I got it from CPO as a refurb but it looks brand new except for a chhip in the finish of one of the wood knobs. I saved enough money to buy (4) Whiteside bits!

    Here's the sled rig set up for carnage.
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    I'm using this yellow tape looped around to stick the body down. Seems to work fine but I recall seeing a recommendation for a 2-sided tape a while back. Anybody have a favorite?
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    And after the first pass - and obligatory vacuuming. Looks pretty rippled but sanded flat almost instantly.
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    I decided to make a second body with the other wide plank of alder. It has a few knots so I am going to use it as the guinea pig.
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    I'm going to need that roasted ash to get the blank to the right thickness. I ripped some boards in half and lined them up.
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    I think there is enough of a color difference between the two...
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    Might even make a nice top but that old pine shelf is destined for this body...
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    Pre-drilled some holes in the end pieces for some finish nails. Once all the boards are glued on the nails will put enough side pressure on them to hold the edge joints together.
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    Ready....
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    Set...
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    Go! That's a 40+ pound antique sewing machine on top! The top for body #2 is in the background.
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    Nothin to do now except wait! From the squeeze out it appears the nails did their job.
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    Next day body 1 looked like this.
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    To the sled! I needed to take about 1/4" off. This is pass 1.
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    This is pass 2..
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    And after passes 3 & 4. That's a piece of leftover pine shelf sitting on top. It's just a 16th or so over thickness now.
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    Did I mention this will be a jazz guitar? I don't play jazz, but I like the idea of it. This will get flat wounds through a top loader with an old SD Jazz in the neck.
     
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    Meanwhile at body #2...
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    I think I'll paint this one a solid color, maybe Shell Pink, so I'll make a top out of the same roasted alder. Chopped and ripped one of the narrow boards to make these...
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    Then glued them together like this...
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    And in the morning it looked like this.
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    Once more to the wood eater..
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    And now it looks like this.
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    I always use Lowes double sided duct tape. Warmart sells it too I see:

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    Masking tape and super glue...I'll never buy or use "double stick tape" ever again. Tape on both pieces in the same places...a small bead of CA on one side...shoot the other size with accelerator...press together...wait a few seconds...cut...peel apart when you are done. It's even good for holding very small or thin pieces for processing.
     
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    Yeah, I've used that stuff and it sticks like crazy. I actually have some built-in furniture that uses it structurally! Too much for this application though, at least for lil' ol' me.

    Thanks! I found it at Menards.

    I've seen that on youtube but forgot about using it here. I'm fresh out of CA though...
     
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    Since body 2 is getting an alder top I figured I'd try lightening it up a bit for the glue-up. Traced the body outline and then the bits that bolt to it.
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    For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to rough cut the body before the glue...
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    Well outside the lines..
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    Now let's channel some FLLW and put some Palmer House guide lines on. Use a 3/4" socket to sketch in the holes..
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    7/8" forstner, brand new
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    A bit lighter now
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    Ready....
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    Set...
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    Go!
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    I can finally say it - I need more clamps.

    Lessons learned:
    1. Don't cut out the body so early so you have waste area to put nails in to keep the top from sliding around while you clamp it.
    2. Make some spreader boards to clamp down the middle of the top with the few clamps you have.
     
  16. erix

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    that build needs a song..;)

     
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    Very cool dude. I’m watching this one!
     
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