Tele build advice

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  1. JmanSpencer

    JmanSpencer TDPRI Member

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    image.jpg image.jpg Hey all, so I’m building my first guitar and I’m going with a tele thin line, but I’m making it with a custom f-hole (see pictures). I was wondering if anyone has done something similar to this and how strong it would be around the thinner parts, I’m making the top out of a hard maple but there are some weak spots on the cutouts I’ve been doing with some scrap poplar. Any and all feedback would be welcome.
     
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    Pretty cool looking, I only see one week point, the lowest one on the left. That one has only vertical grain (I guess that is what you call it). However, once built I don't think it would be damaged. Good luck!
     
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    I do a lot of standard f-holes and make it a point to reinforce the back side with a layer of surgical gauze soaked in thin CA. I put the gauze and CA on the wood before routing the holes. If you look at old arch topped instruments there are frequently cracks at the points of holes.

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    I also make it a point to mask the inside of the holes while I have the back off. After I'm done spraying I can go around the edge of the masking tape and release it from the inside, then pull it out thru the hole. Makes a clean finish line and keeps the finish out of the guitar. Also, right inside the f-hole on the back is the best place for your label.

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    Are you cutting the hole with a laser or a jewelers saw?
     
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    Make your top 1/4" thick and it'll be fine. Nothing looks like it'll snap off with normal play wear to me except the piece that snapped.:) Maple would be more rigid and you could pick your grain pattern accordingly to support that cut configuration.
     
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    That's brilliant. I wonder if you could dope it with fiberglass mesh and epoxy too? I'm guessing the surgical gauze is a very fine mesh?
     
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    So far I’ve been using a combination of a jigsaw with a fine cutting bit, and a coping saw for all the little details. I only snapped off that price on the bottom right after seeing which pieces would snap off when pressed on.
     
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    Its very much like fiberglassing the bottom of a boat or something, but very much lighter. The gauze tape is very thin and will stick to the wood, I just flood it with water thin CA. On an archtop I want to stabilize it so it doesn't split but not add any appreciable mass. I also use this method to repair cracks in thin instruments like many Mexican ones or old mandolins.
     
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