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Spalted Beech Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by iluvteles, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Maricopa

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    Very nice! Only thing I would change is if you has some of the spalt left over, it would make a great headstock overlay.
     
  2. wazupwiopiii

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    Wow. That wood is stunning. You should leave it as natural as possible because it is so nice.
     
  3. iluvteles

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    thanks for the replies. I'm going to give the Idigbo back a light brown stain but the front will be "as is". The whole body will have a 2 pac lacqure.
     
  4. iluvteles

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    So slow on this project but I have give the body a final sand today. I used those Siasoft foam backed pads and was very impressed with them. Took it down to 400grit. I dont think I need to go any further.
    Also a photo of the rotten bit I dug out and epoxy filled. I dont think it will look that odd since the top has lots of black bits in.
    Also I think the Idigbo is a bit too pale so I mixed a bit methnol based dye, yellow and a drop red and ended up with a colour that I like.
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  5. Engraver-60

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    That's going to be a beautiful guitar. I made a spalted silver maple bowl (12" diameter) a few months ago, and the mapping figures are so unique. I love that stuff.
     
  6. iluvteles

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    Thanks mgdesigns. The only problem with spalted wood is that it can be a bit soft so you can get uneven sanding but I'll put up with that because its so nice.
    I put the dye on and now I'm in two minds if I like it or not. What does the forum members think?
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    I like it ! The color difference from body to the spalted beech cap really makes the cap stand out and it looks great. That's going to be a beauty.
     
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    Very cool!
     
  9. iluvteles

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    Well Oasis sang " Roll with it" so here you are. First coat of lacquer. I'm not very good but most of it will be sanded back before the next coat. A waste but its better than paying £150 to get it done.
    The Jaffa Orange is growing on me.
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    Looks good to me ;)
     
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    That figure on the tail end give it a really neat Rickenbaker-carve shadow effect... love it!!!!
     
  12. iluvteles

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    Well once again I rushed things. So today I have sanded it back to remove little blotches of dye and lacqure. I think I've made it worse now.
    So the plan of action. Apply more dye to the back and sides to coat the sanded back bits. Spray the whole body with a very light tint using the same dye just to give the spalt a more rich warm colour.
    Note to self. Lee, DONT RUSH THINGS YOU ALWAYS DROP CLANGERS
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    I actually kind of like the top with the color it has now... It looks great either way though!!
     
  14. iluvteles

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I've reapplied the methonol dye again and I think its turned out tip top. I used a diluted mixture so it was not so orange and I like it better now. I also diluted the mixture even more and gave the spalted top a very light coat just to darken it a tiny bit. I think this works also.
    What do you all think. Better now?
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  15. mlp-mx6

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    That looks REALLY nice!
     
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    Looks great !
     
  17. iluvteles

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    Yes I'm happy with the colour now. before was too orange. Its going to be top notch with glass like lacqure on. Really pleased with this now.
     
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    Love it !!!
     
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    It looks great, your efforts will be rewarded!
     
  20. iluvteles

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    Photos of 2 coats of clear lacquer.
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