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tklaavo's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by tklaavo, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. tklaavo

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    I'm in, and I see many others are as well!
    Proof photo probably tomorrow - just came home from another side of the world.
     
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  2. RogerC

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    welcome and Good luck!
     
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    Good luck!!!
     
  4. tklaavo

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    Thanks, good luck to you all as well.

    I have it all figured out, kind of. I'm usually not organized at all, so I have made a list of work phases and tools needed... We'll see how long I can stick to the plan.

    I have some Finnish Birch. That will be used for most of the build. There will be also Finnish Pine, but less.

    There will be some laminating, some experimental finishing techniques and a brand new template set, this time the centerlines will match.
     
  5. crazydave911

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    This sounds really cool :cool:, I'm looking forward to it

    Welcome, and good luck! :D


    Dave
     
  6. tklaavo

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    More details (I announce them so I can not change my plans anymore..)

    It will be hollow, but that cannot be seen on the surface - no f-holes etc. You have to remove some parts to find it out (or knock or play it..)

    It will most likely have binding of some sort - this is the part I'm a bit nervous of.

    The pickguard will not be plastic.

    On the choice of woods:

    Finland is mostly forest. Of the harvested timber half is pine. Next comes spruce. The main hardwood around here is birch. I want to try it. And I have a certain piece of pine I want to use.
    We also have some maple, alder and others around here, but birch is cheap and looking at the numbers it should be equally stiff as maple. Birch is said to be unstable and warp easily - and it does when it dries. I have an idea for a neck made of laminated birch - with birch fingerboard. Should be stable enough.

    That's it for preliminary info. More when I'm actually working on it.
     
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    Lycka till Tuomas!
     
  8. tklaavo

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    Tack så mycket! På väg till verkstag..
     
  9. Ryden

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    Birch will work well in a neck, I made a birch neck in last years contest and no signs of warping.

    It tears like crazy when you route it though, be careful around the end wood! Better sand those corners
     
  10. tklaavo

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    Thanks! I will remember this when I get there.

    If electric guitar was invented in Scandinavia, birch would probably be the standard neck wood, and only the brave would use maple...:lol:
     
  11. tklaavo

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    Proof pictures

    Today I went to the workshop at last. As I told in my introduction post, I work in my late grandfathers old shop. But before I could even get there, I had to cross this:

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    Doesn't look like much, but it's all frozen after falling off the roof. Took a while to get in.
    Then I quickly snapped these PROOF PICS:
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    Another angle:
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    A big chunk of 2" birch, another long piece of 1" birch and a slice of pine I once cut hoping to make a one piece body, but it never happened because I had no skills to get it to right thickness and messed it up.

    So the cutting can begin! More in next post...
     
  12. tklaavo

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    first day's work

    Ok. I'm not going to win the "first completed" prize, but that's not my goal.

    This is what I did today.

    No picture of the first cut, got the cracks out from the end of the big piece.
    Then I did this:

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    I got the idea that the offcut piece could be used for a fingerboard - if I cut it diagonally it would probably be wide enough. More on that later.

    Then cut the blank to two pieces. And they are warped (Birch is..)

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    Also some cracks on other side..

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    This machine will make some noise and chips today!

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    Don't put your fingers close to that blade.. Use a piece of wood with a groove to push.

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    One side flat, still about 2 inches. This piece is really thick.

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    Plane it down.

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    But something's wrong with the machine. Maybe this? :idea:

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    The pieces are 36 mm thick now.

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    Safety pic: goggles, ear protection, lung protection. Also tucked my hood and hood strings under the hoodie.

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    Decided on the alignment of these pieces. Time to use the jointer on the glue edges.

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    Titebond and some baking paper to ease the sticking issues.

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    Clamped two ways to keep it flat. The top piece also has some baking paper under it.

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    Time for a nice cup of coffee!

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    Then the fingerboard from the offcut. Grandad's old table saw tilts:

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    Two cuts, and here it is. Just wide enough (58 mm on the wider end) and nice tight grain.

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    Cut the other piece of birch to neck length. Made two of them for safety and to have choices.

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    Planed them to 20 mm thickness.

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    Wait! What are you doing? Slicing your nice flatsawn neck blank?!?

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    You bet, both of them in 25 mm wide slices...

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    ... because I want it quartersawn!

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    Need to add some pieces later to make the headstock happen.

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    But first I did this. There's some baking paper also in the middle.

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    Now how do I make this piece of pine into two thinner pieces?

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    Careful (and totally improper!) use of table saw got me this far.

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    There is only one way, and it makes me sweat:

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    End result looks like this, but will be more tidy after some work later. I've got blisters in my hand already and my shirt is wet.

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    Luckily grandmother has prepared some tea and blueberry pie + other nice snacks! :p

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    This is the last pic of the day:

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    Thanks for everyone who watched. Nothing too fancy going on, but if you're clever you can figure out what I'm aiming for..

    I have to do some work in my real job on Friday, so next update will be during the weekend. So long!
     
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    awesome!

    I'm not clever, and can't figure it out, so I'll have to hang around and see what this turns in to. :D
     
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    Absolutely love the pic of your grandmother! Looks like that shop is pretty cold, so must be nice to have her cooking up a pie and tea for you, totally a grandmother thing to do. Good progress so far on the body, I cringed when I saw how you sawed that last board in half, I would have been sweating too, that is a very dangerous cut on a table saw. Good luck with the rest of your build!
     
  15. tklaavo

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    Thanks!
    Actually the shop has heating, now it's been around 17 degrees C. Felt really hot when using the hand saw..
    And grandmothers job is to make younger people eat more. She's not happy until there's nothing on the table, and there's more in the cupboard and in the fridge, also in the freezer...
     
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    That's a great first day's work for sure! And the fact that your using your grandfather's old shop is awesome. I'm sure it does your grandmother's heart good to see you out there. Nice job!
     
  17. tklaavo

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    She was disappointed when I told I can't come tomorrow. But she promised some salmon fish soup for saturday!
     
  18. tklaavo

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    One more thing.. Here's a sketch I made before anything else:

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    It's late at night here, been watching many other threads. Very inspiring! Thanks to all. Good night.
     
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    Very nice 1st day, and a thread complete with a Grandma.....doesn't get any better than that.
     
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    I love that you're in your grandfathers shop. That will only make the guitar more special.

    And I think I speak for many when I say we want to see a picture of your grandmother holding the guitar when you're done.
     
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