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What would you do?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by NightOwl, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. NightOwl

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    Hey guys! My friend had about 50 ash trees in his yard die from the emerald ash borer. I did what any good friend would do and helped him cut trees. Whilst we were cutting, I peeled out a bit of wood for myself to make bodies out of. It was standing dead and starting to spalt. I god a wild hair today and ran a piece through my router sled. This piece has a fairly substantial crack in it from drying. I could have ripped it and glued the pieces back together but decided to leave the crack. I'm planning on filling the crack and imperfections with epoxy and mica powder. (watching too many Crimson Guitars videos) You know, kinda like a river table effect. What color would you guys make the epoxy and do you think I should tint the body? I'm thinking a slight amber tint. I'm thinking traditional Tele on this one except with a rear routed control cavity. Gimme some input. Everyone here always has awesome ideas!
     

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  2. S00NERMAN

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    If it was me, I'd cut the body and glue it rather than trust it to remain stable with the epoxy fill. I think of guitar bodies as a single piece when finished, rather than several pieces. But otherwise I think a blue dye tint would look great on that chunk o' lumber. :twisted:
     
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    That check in the wood is so small. I'd fill i with black epoxy and proceed with your plan.
     
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    I've already blanked it out, so at this point, I'm committed. I don't know about doing blue on the whole body but am thinking about doing blue mica powder in a casting resin to fill the crack. I'm not very concerned with that little crack being stable. I think epoxy is plenty strong. I could be incorrect about it, but we'll see. Hey, if it's a fail I don't have anything but a few hours invested. ;)
     
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    One important question is how long has it been drying/when was it cut

    It may still have a good bit of drying to do
     
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    amber and cerulean.

    two pickup cabronita.
     
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    It was standing dead for about three to five years years before we cut it. I've had it drying in the barn for about 2 1/2 years. It's pretty darn dry...
     
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    Make a Monster Energy Drink Tele. Black stained ash and green UV reactive epoxy.
     
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    Possibly with a “monkey grip”?
     
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    What would you do?
     
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    Cracks are caused by stress. Stress makes the wood unstable. I would cut it and glue it.
     
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    I have a Cabronita in the planning stage. Just gotta do some planing and gluing. It's gonna be snazzy. Ash back, walnut top, ebony board, etc...

    This body is just a fun body. I have blue mica powder on the way for this one. I seriously considered a gold or brown epoxy fill for the imperfections but blue was my first thought. If I could have found a copper color, I'd have been all over it. I love cabs and that's all I'd build if it was up to me. Personally, I think it's the best Tele design ever. That statement should start a fight! :lol::lol::lol:
     

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    Isn't everything better with a monkey grip?
     
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    Ohhh, I don't know about a monkey grip... o_O
     
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    Well, I got stupid with some diluted dye and have been sanding for about two days. It's very flat. Yeah, the crack will get filled. I have a plan. The good news is after bringing it in from the barn, it's been very stable. I know I'm going at this thing all out of order but haven't decided 100% on how I want it to be. Not too bad from a tree that was just gonna be firewood. I cut the tree down and sawed out the blank with a chainsaw. I then flattened it with my router sled. It's been a blast. :D
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    I would think that it's at least as stable as knotty pine.
    Too bad we couldn't train those borers to chamber a body.
     
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    That would be sweet! I steamed it to try and smooth things out and get the dye I stupidly put on it. You know, raise the grain... It's losing weight quickly. It''s about 5 lb 5 oz with only the control cavity roughed in from the back. I have an old ratty set of Filtertrons from a 1969 Country Gent just sitting here. I almost forgot about them. Hmmm...;)
     
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    Got the mica powder today. I filled the defects on the back. Here's a couple pictures for your viewing displeasure. ;)
     

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    The epoxy and Z-poxy are still a bit goopy on there. It's amazing how much amber color the Z-poxy adds. So far I'm digging the stuff. Gotta get some into the edges tomorrow and then the real work begins. :D
     
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