What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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  2. Freeman Keller

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    Got the OM bound today. I had bent the binding back when I did the sides and just clamped them in a mold until now. Put a couple of coats of shellac on the spruce to try to keep it from blowing out during the route (and keep tape from sticking too bad). This will be bound all in rosewood with the top getting four little purfling lines, the back a single maple line. Routed the channels

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    Installed the tail graft. I've got a few scraps of Brazilian left and figured I'd better use them before I die.

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    I do all my binding with thin CA. I've tried Duco and acetone and wood glue and medium CA, haven't been happy with any of them. I like to completely install and miter the binding dry, getting it to fit the channels perfectly. I tape in in place leaving a gap between each piece of tape. Put a drop of CA at each gap, it wicks into the seam between the binding and body. Then I pull the tape and go back and run a bead of CA all around the binding - top and side. Its kind of like a welder clamping two pieces together and tack welding them, then pulling the clamps and running his bead.

    The respirator is because I have become very sensitized to CA. I hate the stuff but I can't live without it

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    Here is the guitar after the tape has been pulled and the entire binding glued

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    A little scraping and sanding

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    And the top

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  3. nickhofen

    nickhofen Friend of Leo's

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    Nah,I bite a little and it taste like wood!
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  4. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Friend of Leo's

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    This guitar looks amazing!

    I love your technique for biding using CA.

    Does the respirator cut out the smell? Does it prevent the fumes from burning your eyes?

    I try very hard not to use CA. When I do, it's mostly outdoors and I try to never breathe the fumes...
     
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    epizootics Tele-Meister

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    First neck carving ever...Had to resist reducing it to a twig with my spokeshave...

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  6. Freeman Keller

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    Thank you. The theme for this guitar is tastefully simple. Nice woods (the spruce has some great silk and a pretty nice tap tone), minimum bling, just classical simplicity.

    The respirator eliminates some of the fumes but not all - my asthma kicked in pretty badly last night. I keep looking for a better way to do this but the method is so darn effective.
     
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  7. CraigB

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    Beautiful work. I love the volute, very sharp and classy!
     
  8. CraigB

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    Dang sorry to hear about the asthma Freeman. That guitar is another work of art, Sir!
     
  9. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    You certainly are a true artist Freeman.
     
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  10. I_build_my_own

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    :twisted:Alert CNC content :D Board #3 up and running. 13 additional inputs and 4 outputs. Always excited when the blue light comes on and UCCNC software speaks to the board.

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    wow is that ever a beauty build!
     
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    Been chipping away at my Model1 revamp over the past few days. Cap glue up went ok, required a bit of glue and sawdust filling around some edges where the old top was still a little rounded. Next I gave the top a 3/8ths round over. Today I used some extra hard wood filler on certain spots, and unfortunately had to sand down the entire back, as it had received too many dings, dents and scratches from the glue up and various other things being done. So she’ll be a complete refinish now.

    Also got the neck pocket piece cut out, and she (neck) fits like a glove. Next step will be to sort out the pup cavity and a new mounting plate. Did another bridge mock up, and have decided to go with a regular tailpiece as this old trapeze style one is not designed for rounded bodies.

    Here’s a few pics. Old back colour was a walnut stain with a hint of maple and poly finish. Going to try to replicate that. For final finish of the guitar top - imagine it basically matching the headstock. Second full pic shows colour better.

    So essentially, it’s a Cypress body with 1/4 inch Pine cap, laminated with Birdseye Maple veneer.
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    C04A35D4-B2AF-4FF9-B8F6-A80D96CBB2AA.jpeg Inlayed the head plate on my mandolin build.
     

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  14. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    A sunburst would look great on those... or maybe Candy Apple.
     
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    Finish is done, went natural with Tung oil. Still waiting on delivery of my pickups, but it's getting there.

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    Slowly been working on this the last couple months

    (If you guys wanna see a build thread when it’s done just let me know :))

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  17. Freeman Keller

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    A little geometry. With the binding in place I can put the neck on and make sure everything lines up. Floss the cheeks

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    Level the upper bout (there is sand paper on the bottom of the carpenter's level)

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    Very slightly overset, but I would rather have that than under. I'll have another chance after its been fretted

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  18. mefgames

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    Did you build the body ? Are you building the hockey stick neck ? There's some interest in these over at offset guitars. You might find some useful info over there. I built the Electric XII and found the only place to get the pickups is Curtis Novak, he does great work, unless Fender will sell you some from the re-issues the are now making. Keep us posted !!
     
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    Had warmoth make the neck, my only complaint is the overhang (never liked overhang). I have the pickups, the only thing I need is the paint!! Can’t wait to get it done.
     
  20. maito

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    Stratotone inspired thingy, im thinking black or sunburst. Pickgurd will be pearloid too.
    Anyone seen new short type tailpieces? I cant cant seem to find any reasonably priced.
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