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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by kodiakblair, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. kodiakblair

    kodiakblair Tele-Meister

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    I'd been holding off doing any builds until returning to work.

    There's no shed or garden here which only leaves the kitchen. Not ideal as the neighbours are either elderly or folks with kids.There's also the small matter of my tool kit being at work.

    At noon I had a message saying no start back until the 16th. That's way too long :D

    Some dust sheets and battery jigsaw will just need to do.

    Have some ash, a 1 piece tulipwood blank,a thin sapele blank and a torrefied Ayous blank.

    Ash needs run through a thicknesser so it'll wait. Don't fancy doing it with the router,not in the kitchen anyway :)

    Sapele is only 1 1/2",it can wait on a cap.

    Slab P-basses again, can't get enough of them :cool:
     
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    Photo of the blanks did turn out :mad:

    Here is the tulipwood and the template I'll be using.
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    The jigsaw blade might waver so it's oversized by the washer.
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    An hour in the kitchen brings me to this stage.
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    More mess tomorrow when I trim to the template.
     
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    Wow! Youve either brave or have an understanding other to allow building in the kitchen...watching this one!
     
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    More like brave!;)
     
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    Just keep it looking like a cutting board as long as possible.;)
     
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    Where there's a will there's a way. Will be following.
     
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    Aye, you either do it or don't :)
     
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    No router work today :(

    My old mam phoned with a list of chores needing done,when I got back there was a slight problem.

    Got a split on the upper bout area :mad: Pumped some glue in but if it doesn't hold then I've a choice ,slice a bit off / glue an offcut on and start again or think about a forearm contour. Maybe a round over.

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    11 days later and next to no progress :(

    Started the template cut on the tulipwood blank.Had a few issues. Workspace is kind of cramped.

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    Cutter was too short so when I switched to another machine you could see the different cuts. Then this eejit took his eye off the ball and bounced the cutter. Twice :mad:

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    Did that to top and bottom:cry:

    The top I can solved with binding,not too sure that'll work for the bottom.

    Only other thing I've done is reduce the thickness by 3 mm. That's a lot of passes when using a 1/2" cutter :D

    Had a re-think on pickups. I'll go with a chrome Thunderbird in this one. Delivery times are weeks away so I'll just sand it all silky smooth.
     
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    Body sanded silky smooth :)

    Neck arrived 2 hours ago :D 1mm alteration heel end of my template and I'll cut the pocket.

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    To top things off, a fella in England agreed to sell me a pair of Thunderbird pickups,no 3 weeks wait :cool:
     
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    What a difference 24 hours makes :)

    Pickups arrived. 1 lump

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    or 2 :D

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    Things had been on hold as I tried to source a gramil,rabbeting bit or a decent guide so the binding rebate could be done.

    Cobbled together a rabbeting bit but it was too shallow and a tad uneven. Lost patience and just went for it.


    Body now cut for binding :) Neck pocket will get done tomorrow.

    Big drawback with working in the kitchen,all mess must get cleaned up. Sawdust ain't a pleasant flavouring in meals :lol:

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    I have to say folks, I did not enjoy doing binding :)

    The ebonising lacquer turned out much darker than hoped :(

    Neck pocket was cut,pickup routed and the control cavity. Currently has the 1st wax coat drying.

    Should have it about ready for Wednesday/Thursday.

    Sneak preview before every thing gets squared and fixed down.


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    That looks very nice ............defined lines and uncluttered! Just how they should be. Good work!

    Are you going to darken the fret board to make the markers stand out?

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    Thanks Dave.

    Hard Wax Oil turned out a disaster, I'll just knock it back to flat.

    Good shout on darkening the fretboard, to be honest the gunk on my hands will be that soon enough :D


    What part of Queensland you in ? A good friend works at Ernest Henry outside Cloncurry.
     
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    I'm in Bundaberg on the coast where they grow sugar cane and make Bundaberg Rum!

    I spent some time in Tennant Creek in the mines when I was young (wife and caravan oddessy ) and worked at Mt. Isa for about a year/18 months fixing TV's which was my trade, and used to do regular trips to "The Curry" for repairs as well.

    Was a nice little town then but extremely hot in summer and bloody cold in winter! Is Ernest Henry a mine?

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    Aye. Copper and gold.

    He popped over here last year to get married and was raving about his new job, he'd got on the blasting crew :D

    I've family down the coast from you. An uncle on the Gold Coast and a cousin in Tamworth.
     
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