The Emeraldcaster Project (aka Son of Meloncaster)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Buckocaster51, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. strat-o-teleman

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    Now That's what I call a kitchen!!! You're sure cooking up some good stuff!!! Beautiful!!
     
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    Lookin' good, as usual!


    (This one has been getting lotsa action lately too, btw...)
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  3. Buckocaster51

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    Hey!

    It's still green!
     
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    Here is a "watching paint dry" photo from today...

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    It's funny, I decided to do this one on a whim...because, after all, the BAND is getting back together!

    Also to see how a couple of new techniques I have been thinking about will work.

    So far so good!
     
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    and lurking over in the other corner...

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    I've got to start working on the neck for this one...if it is to stand a chance of being done.
     
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    Of course, we have to still have some "over the top" things going on...

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    One day soon I will have enough of these checkerboard bound headstocks...

    they do have a certain look though
     
  7. strat-o-teleman

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    Man, those are all stunning...I'm really liking the "melted in the sun" one:) So, I hear the band's getting back together...Looks to me like you're "On a mission from God"!! :)
     
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    Thanks!

    I am beginning to think the "melted in the sun one" will become my #1 for those times I'll be hitting the "high surf."
     
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    Hi Buckocaster!
    Theese last sparkles are fantastic!!
    I`m trying to build up some courage to have a go myself.
    And then the paisly,can`t wait to see that one put together.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    You made me build my first Tele and I`m now on #4.
    It`s a joy to follow your thread.
    Cheers,Wikur!
     
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    Dank u zeer!

    As I have said many times, it is all about the sharing.

    Seven years ago I didn't know any of this stuff.

    Of course, maybe I still don't know it, but it is fun to be learning and sharing!

    I discovered something the other night that I think is going to be huge. I'm not going to say anything about it yet, because it still may backfire on me, but right now I think it is going to be pretty cool.

    But never forget, we like sparkles because sparkles are cool...not because we are cool.

    :)
     
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    Much appreciated. I take it you aren't participating in this years build challenge? Is it because the Band is getting together?
     
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    So you heard!

    The Band is getting back together!

    Did you read it on the internet?

    Must be true!

    ;)
     
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    Back in the early days, I studied Physics. I even practiced the trade on various levels for a while. In fact, to this day I try to view everything in my life through the eyes of someone versed in The One True Science.

    So, when I get a chance to try something neat, I often give that neat thing a shot.

    Here is case in point.

    Saturday when I was finished spraying goop I had about 5/6 of a Dixie Cup left over. Could have encased a dead mouse in it i suppose, but instead I left it to harden in the cup.

    Sunday I had some more left over...and decided to pour some of Sunday's leftover on top of Saturday's.

    This is what it looked like today.

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    A Dixie Cup full of hard, clear goop. It could fool people in to thinking it is water, except for the excessive concave meniscus.

    When I stripped the Dixie Cup away, it tore, which didn't surprise me because this is how it always behaves.

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    What DID surprise me what that the tear did not occur along the line of the pour! (The "seam" is in the vicinity of the green arrow. Blue line is nothing. It is not there. You do not see it.)

    Saturday's pour and Sunday's pour had become monolithic.

    Which, I think, means that if I spray on Saturday, and then again on Sunday, the two layers of goop will become monolithic.

    And that is a GOOD thing!

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    Deep in the DiWiDi Technologies Storage Annex I, there are a couple of USACG paddlehead necks. Tommy R made their profile nearly identical to my '67. Which happens to be the same as my '84 Paisley, my Crook, and every other Sparklecaster I have put together for myself.

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    They just have the wrong headstock shape!

    To match up with the too long in the sun look of the Surfcaster, we want to put this shape on the paddlehead.

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    I have been "pondering" how to do this for about 6 months. Was thinking about shaping it with a router and template, but kept having visions of my fingers going through the cutter...not good...not good at all...

    so I came up with this...which begins with putting a pattern on the paddle head...

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    and measuring in a few spots to make sure things are straight

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    and they pretty much are

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    so we can trace around it

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    and sort of be happy with the placement on the paddle.

    But how do we get rid of the wood that shouldn't be there?
     
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    Here's an idea?

    Some double-sided carpet tape

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    will hold a piece of scrap MDF in place on the FRONT of the headstock

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    giving us a nice flat surface to hold against the fancy machine tools!

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    Like the band saw

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    I'm almost embarrassed to show these pictures of the way I chewed through the material.

    I was not on my "A" game!

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    but I didn't cross the line, so we should be okay

    Can't say the same about the sanding spindles

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    grinding down bindings really load them up!

    But that is why Grizzly sells new abrasives.

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    and we can go to work

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    sanding up to the line with some 80 grit that takes the wood and MDF away quickly.
     
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    The oscillating belt sander makes quick work of getting the spine of the headstock nice and straight.

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    Kudos to Jack Wells for turning us all on to this tool.

    Here we are with pretty much the shape we want...

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    on the front at least

    the back doesn't look so good...yet

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    and we can see where we almost had a "whoops!" moment! :eek:

    the good old 4-in-1 hand rasp is a good tool to take off the excess wood

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    the shape we want is in there someplace

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    just need to remember that we can take it off, but can't put it back on...
     
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    Here we are a few hours later. Let's see what got accomplished...

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    and

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    It pretty much worked out.

    Wait!

    Is something missing?

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    Let's take a closer look...

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    It is!

    That rarest of all necks...the Maple Cap!

    I had forgotten I had ordered it that way...:rolleyes:
     
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    Let's mask off the bad boy...

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    and make sure that nothing can leak through to the back side (wonder how I know about that trick...)

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    The next part happens so fast...unless I set up ahead there is no way to get a photo...

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    From here it looks like a decent match

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    one more to dry out

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    I may be done for the night...

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    my cheeks are puffy and my eyes look funny!
     
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    Nice work there...I'm loving the shape!!!! (I wonder how a paisley on would look:?::eek::eek: Wait, did I say that out loud?)
     
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