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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
This build is taking forever in the process of this build I'm making all new templates/jigs. I have thrown so many old templates & jigs out, half of them I don't even know what they were for.
how did you do that pickguard????, stunning
It was easier than I expected. I exactly copied Ben Crowe's method from Crimson guitars. It looked cool so I had to do it. Basically, you spritz the copper with ammonia, then sprinkle table salt onto the guard. Then pour mustard onto the copper in globs. Seal it in a covered box (one capable of sealing in fumes) with a small container of ammonia sitting inside the box next to the guard. The ammonia fumes will react with the copper and salt to create the blue, while the mustard turns orangey brown. Wear a mask while you do all of this and let it sit for about a day.
Picking up some more fresh milled walnut blanks from the family farm. This particular log has been setting about 2 years after loggers took what they wanted. Loggers only take the straight limbless section and leave the tops which is where the sweet stuff is. These sections can still be 20"+ wide. My father-in- law is slowly cleaning up another dozen+ tree tops cut last summer & getting them milled. I got about six 2"x14-20"×6' planks from this section. Taking these home to stake and air dry in the garage while the rest go into one of the farm barns to dry. I live about 6 hours away so I only grabbed a few I have space for I don't want neglected.
Finished my mandolin kit.
Randy, the mando looks great - nice job on the 'burst. Got a pic of the back?
Progress on the OM has been slow but moving forward. Drilled and reamed tuner bushings
side marker dots
heel cap (another Brazilian scrap)
and more flossing
Checked the neck angle again
So here it is as of today
Weather is warming, it might be time to think about a little pore filling
My other half bought me a Thomann kit for my birthday last week. I've always loved a Les Paul Gold top but not the price, so I'm building my own.
As seems to be the case with these Harley Benton kits, the quality is remarkable for the price (£80 in the UK). It's solid mahogany with inexpensive but reasonable quality parts, and the fit/finish is superb. The neck is particularly impressive with fret tang ends hidden behind cream binding and no sharp ends.
The paint is going on and so far I'm pleased with the results.
The aforementioned plywood Les Paul, now with binding
Thank you for the info.
reminds when i was working in a woodworking shop, making table's etc, that we put complete oak table's and other furniture in a closed room with buckets full of ammonia so the oak would get a special look/patine.
1st diy pedal done White Dog Poop from the 70's
… couple more pics over at the pedal forum
Finished 5f1 but im swapping speaker as soon as i receive weber alnico 6x9
Some nitro action
I hate shopping for maple, only wood store close is woodcraft. Half the stuff is warped or bowed. I’m beginning to believe that straight maple lumber is just a myth. However I finally lucked out. I found a straight piece. And even better, it’s heavily figured. It’s enough to make too necks. The icing on the cake? It only cost 15 bucks.
Does the white refer to the dog or the poop? As in "white-dog poop" or "white dog-poop"?
When the Neo was finished, there was a bizarre buzz... so I contacted my personal electronics genius, asking for some advice on how to resolve the issue.
He tried to explain over the phone, but I just didn't understand. It seems our wive's decided it was time to get together... so yesterday we headed down and had a lovely dinner with Mr. & Mrs Helmut.
Of course I brought along my guitar!
And just as obviously, Helmut diagnosed the problem quickly. Then he took it for a test drive.
Can you tell he liked playing the guitar??
Trouble is that we seem to have a slight difference of opinion on material usage when building guitars... because shortly after that first photo... I mentioned that the fretboard was made of Richlite...
This is the beginning of his reaction....
He couldn't put the guitar down fast enough!!
He's so funny!
Happy Birthday buddy!!
Now that the tablesaw is unburied again, several projects have come to the fore. I was cutting some wood for another project, and thought, "What'd I do with that pile of scrap 2x4s?" Hey presto, body blank! Table saw could use a bigger motor, but it handled the ancient 2x4s just fine if I fed 'em slowly enough. (*wanders off to look for more scrap lumber to turn into Telecasters *)
I’ve got some pickup swapping and wiring to do in a Strat plus a blank guard to rout, but first it got taken apart and hogged out for some weight reduction.
With back and neck problems a half pound lost is more comfortable, but I wasn’t sure how much weight I could relieve quick and dirty.
Surprisingly it went from 4.6lbs to 3.8lbs, which might make the sit down guitar into a real standup.
Not caring much about appearance, just want it more useful.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a .8 lb weight loss.
Hafts see how it balances now but I’m not worried.
Hit the edges with a light round over and will give the bare wood a coat of poly or maybe black paint for protection.
Plus one more under the guard for good measure.
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