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Walnut Tele Cnc'd

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by cleanheadsteve, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    we'll just have to see how it goes. i've never made one i've been happy with but i'm still a beginner at this so ... anyway, 1" walnut. will have to add another piece to the body but ..[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Can I ask... why did you cut lines where the pick guard, control plate and bridge plate go?
     
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    No comprehendo.
     
  4. cleanheadsteve

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    buffalohunt, couple of reasons why i cut the pickguard outline, etc. for one, i am building this for a singer friend of mine and i only want to give him a single pickup and a single volume control. but i want to retain the tele look, so i'm actually gonna fill some of these oulines with crushed pearl and then rear load the electronics instead of using a pickguard and control plate. i'm also using this particular piece as a template that is registered to my cnc table with pins so that when i do go to cutout pickguards etc. i can position the pickguard blank in the exact right spot to have almost no waste. also, i figured these "position" lines would get covered up by the hardware anyway (such as the bridge plate/tailpiece) so it just helps me position everything as perfect as possible. i do hope to make my own hardware so i plan on slightly oversizing to hide the lines, or undersizing and using the lines as additional decoration.
    and the reason my singer only gets 1 pickup and 1 volume is because he gets excited onstage and might turn his tone down to mud and not even realize it.

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  5. cleanheadsteve

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    on the control plate area, i have room for 2 items. volume knob, and output jack. thats it

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    Brilliant!
     
  7. cleanheadsteve

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    here i am taking some cheap shell (capiz) placemats that i picked up at a thrift shop and using them as phoney mother of pearl. i crumbled up the paper thin shell material and mixed it with titebond before trying to cram it into the inlay pocket on the neck. i'll have to repeat this step once or twice to get the pocket filled.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    I hit "like" but that's only because there is no "Schwinggg! We are not worthy!" button I can find.
     
  9. cleanheadsteve

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    yikes! tubegeek. i dont even know what that means : )
    So here is the first sanding and refilling.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Not sure how much that solid walnut body weighs but if its heavy you could chambered it and glue two pieces together with a thin slice of maple between the two - like this:

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    It's something Wayne & Garth say on Wayne's World when they get REALLY excited!
     
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    Comprehendo ,,, brilliant!
     
  13. cleanheadsteve

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    jerry j, i am planning on chambering it some. but since this guy is a singer and a strummer. he uses his mcpherson acoustic most of the gig and wants to whip out this gaudy thing with his name on the neck for only a tune or two.
    whenever i build myself one, you better believe i'm gonna chamber that rascal.
    your tele body looks great!

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    progress so far...
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    Man, this thing is gonna look sooooo cool. Drooling with anticipation!
     
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    slowly coming along. next step: glue in truss rod and cut neck to final size[​IMG]

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    uh oh, cnc router went a little cuckoo. this part will all be shaved off when thicknessing the headstock.
    also noticed a small crack in the corner of the neck. easy glue fix for now but i better keep an eye on this walnut. it isn't so tough[​IMG][​IMG]

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