What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

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    Nice work Eric.
    what sort of voodoo happens between pics #9 (knob and gold knurled ring) and #10 (finished knobs with set screw holes) ?
    Is that ring threaded for a set screw ?... couldn't see it...
     
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  2. eallen

    eallen Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Good question. The ring is not drilled or threaded as it would be hard to drill the exact location or press it in to hit am existing hole.

    You drill a 1/8" hole and tap it with a 6-32 thread for the set screw included with the insert.

    I might add, that when using the hole saw only drill about half way thru and then remove the pilot bit to finish drilling. Otherwise you have a nice hole in the top of your knob.

    I also press the insert in before all the sanding and finish work so all that work isn't wasted if the knob doesn't survive the press in.

    Eric
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  3. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

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    Thank you kind sir.
    If i can ask, where do you source those inserts?
     
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  4. trev333

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    Resin.....:D I went and saw my old boss, he makes 4x4 tour buses.... lots of fibreglass....pillaged some supplies...

    this should fill up all those micro cracks that are hard to find and the bigger ones,,,, flood 'em all...:)

    it should harden up the soft grain too, so the lacquer won't sink in later.... sure pops the grain out in the sun.....:)


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  5. eallen

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  6. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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  7. eallen

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    Finally done! Ambrosia maple with crazy figure walnut drop top! 5-way Schaller megaswitch connected to Bill Lawrence Wilde Microcoils. It is chambered like a thinline without the F hole for manageable weight. Still comes in at 7.5 lbs!

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  8. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Afflicted

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    That's ^^^ some very fine looking work Eric :)!!!







    Best Regards,
    Geo.
     
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  9. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    I concur. Beautiful guitar Eric. Fantastic job all round. I love the contrast of dark body and matching hs against the light fb. Absolutely stunning!

    I’m eyeing up a nice piece of walnut veneer for a possible build. Very pricey, but after seeing this again I’m getting swayed into paying the price!
     
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  10. eallen

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    Thanks George & Macrogats!

    Walnut prices are way up here as high as many exotic. Fortunately I source all mine from logging on the family farm so my price is more reasonable. Free!

    I have a a couple hundred board feet of 2.25" thick needing to be kiln dried at home and a bunch more on the farm.

    Eric
     
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  11. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    Just leaving this here for the haters:D

    The purpose of the exercise was:
    - something that still is remotely Fenderish
    - cannot be mixed up with a Les Paul Headstock
    - make the angled nut visually work with the e and E tuner ( same angle)
    - get close to a straight string pull
    - still be somewhat functional as a headstock and is wall hanger friendly.


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  12. John Nicholas

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    Okay.... while you do great work.... that headstock shape is.... fugly!

    Otherwise carry on!! :D:D
     
  13. I_build_my_own

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    I think it deserves at least 2 “g” .. fuggly :)
     
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  14. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    working on my buddies walnut tele.[​IMG]

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  15. cleanheadsteve

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    more walnut tele.pics. even the obligatory "hold the tele up by the tight neck pocket" pic.....except.....i cheated. tele pocket not quite tight enough to hold so i put double sided tape in the pocket to make it look so....even though i knew i was gonna rat myself out : )[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  16. John Nicholas

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  17. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    fingerboard ready to glue onto neck[​IMG]

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  18. tnt423

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    Finally getting to doing another tele, it's been way too long...
    This wood has been stored for over thirty years waiting for this.
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  19. Freeman Keller

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    This has been UNDER my work bench for way too long. A friend has a pretty interesting collection of funky old archtops - every now and then he asks me to help him with something on one of them. The last time he was over we worked on his 1954 Epi Zephyr and he brought along another old clapboard guitar case. "What's in that?" I asked. "My mother's old acoustic guitar from the 1960's, would you take a look at it."

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    Well, it was a 1959 Harmony and it had a lot of issues. I tried to tell him it wasn't worth his or my time working on it, but then he twisted the blade. "I was hoping to play it for her before she passes"....

    Well, I said to my self "self, looks like a good chance to practice your neck setting. And a whole lot more......"

    First big problem is the neck angle is totally bad. Action is a mile high

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    Not surprising. What was surprising is that the frets weren't really all that bad. Tuners are wonky but work, strings are probably original

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    Bridge is a little loose

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    A really big issue is that the bridge plate is just destroyed and a piece missing out of the middle

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    Oh, and the dog had kicked in the side

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    It sat under my workbench for quite a while.
     
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  20. Freeman Keller

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    Over the weekend I decide it was time to either fix the old Harmony or give it back. Drilled a couple of holes in the neck and fired up the espresso maker

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    Neck fought me a bit but finally popped off. You can see that I had to go in at a bit of an angle to hit the pocket. You can also see 60 year old hide glue

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    Flossed

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    and shimmed

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    and moved on to the bridge plate. Its a big hurking thing that goes all the way across the guitar. In theory it would come out with heat and work, instead I filled the blown out part with some maple mixed with epoxy and I made a little piece to cover the damage out of graphite fiber

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    Drilled out the old pin holes and reamed them to fit the old pins
     
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