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Swamp Ash Wolfgang

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by gangreen, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. gangreen

    gangreen Tele-Afflicted

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    My first experience with swamp ash. Weight feels like poplar. Very stiff. (No foul odor like burning poplar though.) Found a plank at Bell Forest 12 3/4" wide x 1 7/8" thick. Just need to attach small wings at the bout. Also got a quarter sawn piece for the neck. Planning a solid swamp ash body and neck with ebony fretboard, 3 pickups with a Schaller mega switch M, and a black Floyd Rose original.

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    Sanded the body (that was the latest addition to the tool armory - a used Performax 16-32 sander. My Delta planer would plane up to 12" wide but no more. Dustin and Mike at Custom Wood Products were always more than helpful with their 42" drum sander (kneel down before it) but it seemed like a good investment.) down to 1 3/4", jointed the edges, marked the body outline and cut off two pieces to attach to the bout. Using Titebond I.

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  2. DrASATele

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    Nice wood!
     
  3. Greg M

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    You are a Wolfgang building machine! Looking forward to seeing this one progress too.
     
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    Creative way to stretch your blank!
     
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    Nice work, you won't be able to tell it had wings glued on after.
     
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    Looks like a good start!!
     
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    That's gonna look great.
     
  8. gangreen

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    Routed the truss rod channel in the neck blank. Drilled the hole for the spoke nut barrel and routed the recess for the spoke nut.



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    Ready to attach the fretboard to the neck. Fretboard is close to its final dimensions with extra left at the nut end to go under the floyd nut. Rest will get sanded off when I thin the headstock.


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    A few beads of white silicone caulk in the channel keeps the truss rod from rattling. And enough masking tape to keep the glue off the truss rod.



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    Clamp with a caul. Even with this many clamps spaced so closely I have had waves in the fretboad which were visible from the side. Those became firewood. I clamp to the surface of the big bench as it is dead flat.


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    Routed the neck pocket using a 3/4" MDF template on two tapered risers to get 1.5° layback. Pocket is 5/8" deep at the bridge end.
     
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    Trimmed and sanded the neck up to the fretboard. Cut headstock on the band saw and approached final shape on the sander. Took 4mm off the back of the neck in prep for the carve. Goal is ~21mm think when done.
     
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    Rough shaping of neck back.
     
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    3/8" holes drilled for Floyd posts.

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    Using 3/4" MDF template routed the top of the trem cavity as far as my pattern bit would reach with an extra 5mm taken out of the lower (in this pic) end for unhindered divebombing with the big block.

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    Drilled all the way through, flipped it over and routed the cavity from the back with a flush trim bit.

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    Lined up the MDF spring cavity templates and routed leaving 20mm from the cavity "bottom" to the front of the guitar.

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    Routed the pickup recesses 5/8" deep. Leaves 5/16" between the bottom of the PU recess and the spring cavity. Threaded inserts for the PU mounting screws will straddle the spring cavity.
     
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    Used 1/2" Forster bit in the drill press to take the cavity cover front to 5/16". Router bit in the drill press is not my cup o tea. Trimmed up the edges with a chisel.

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    Thinned the headstock to 0.55" on the spindle sander. Smoothed with the orbital sander. If I have another child I'll vote for the name Sander, with the middle name either spindle or random orbit.

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    Body after a dance with the orbit sander and 150 grit.
     
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    Sorry. These got out of order.

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    Routed the floyd cavity recess. 1/4" deep.

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    Contour lines. 1/2" in and 1/8" deep

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    Routed them freehand with the medium router and 1/2" spiral bit.

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    The terraces.

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    After evening out the terraces with 60 grit on the angle grinder.
     
  16. vuduchild

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    That swamp ash is very pretty wood. Random orbital would look great on a birth certificate.
     
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    Finished shaping the neck. 3/8" holes for the tuners reamed for the taper on the tuner shaft.
     
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    Frets beveled, leveled and dressed.

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    Threaded inserts in for the pickups.
     
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    Very nice. Do you have a template for the body carve/bevel routing or did you do it freehand?
     
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    I sketch the body top carve contour lines and then route freehand with a really sharp 1/2" spiral bit on my medium sized router (2 1/4hp?) with a large 1/2" made base plate. Then sand down to the lines with the angle grinder with 60 grit disk. There are some pics of this on the previous page. If this didn't answer your Q please let me know.
     
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