What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Made my first rear entry control pocket/plate today.... came up ok...:D

    I couldn't find a piece or orig wood with the right grain orientation to make a matching cover.... so I cut a slice of hardwood on the bandsaw for the @5mm cover... I didn't want a plastic one...

    the final weight after all the routs is 4.5 lbs....

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  2. epizootics

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    What a beaut'! Really jealous about all of that cool Australian timber (I think I've already said that twenty times on this board). I always assumed silky oak was really heavy, but not that much apparently?

    The contrast of that straight grain on the control cover with the rest of the body is great. Nice work mister!
     
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  3. trev333

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    a friend gave me these 2 slabs of it back in '13... been sitting around ever since... I used the smaller one for this body..

    first time I've worked with this wood.... it machines beautifully and is easy on chisels, etc...

    feels soft to work... but hard enough to not get any scratches off the benches/drill press over the last few days doing the routing... I thought I'd need to re sand the flat faces after that, but all I did was wipe some more d/oil on it and the surfaces still look great......

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  4. eallen

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    Great work Trev! Has a very African mahogany uniform grain and color going.

    Eric
     
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  5. Jim_in_PA

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    Trev, that looks great and using wood for the cover was a really good choice for this beauty, too. You can keep it light or dye it dark, but it will still be and look like wood which is a nice thing.
     
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    Gipper Tele-Meister

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    Nice job on the rear routed controls. Another alternative is to use clear lexan for your cover to show off you wiring and soldering skills.
     
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    I'm really beginning to think I need counseling !! Some months ago, I decided not to build any more guitars, at least for awhile. I did pretty well keeping to my plan. Then, this little gnawing at me started, something about a Ric 330 clone. So I gave in and said ,Ok, just this one then I'll stop. I'm not even finished with the 330, and I start getting those pangs again. Hey, I've always wanted to build a fanned fret guitar, so guess what, this happens. It's my take on a Strandberg headless. I'm thinking maybe it should be a 7 string. Just in the beginning stages, but I'm knee deep in it again.

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    +1 for the seven string idea!
     
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  10. trev333

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    before and after..... some tone adjustments to the cover....;)

    I thought about holding it on with magnets...... but how would I get it off without digging around the edge with a screwdriver to lift it..?....o_O

    maybe a small secret hole in the top to push a wire down to pop it....like a PC DVD player?...

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  11. Davecam48

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    Hey Trev! If you want a bit of Silky Oak for the cover to match the body, I'll have some scraps hanging around I could send you!

    Or....did you go that way for the contrast?

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    Maybe this way?
     
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  13. trev333

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    I'm happy with the hardwood cover, Dave ...the contrast is ok.... :)
     
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    OK but if you change your mind!!!!

    Did you hold the cover on with magnets?

    DC
     
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  15. trev333

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    Not sure what I'm doing about fixing it to the body...

    magnets would look tidy, I guess...

    thanks for the offer with some SO... now that I have a pattern I can make a range of plates...:D
     
  16. Jupiter

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    I’ve never done the magnets trick, but if I did I think I’d just file a little bevel into the body at one corner of the route, and to the bottom of the control plate at the same spot, enough to get a fingernail under it.
     
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    I use neodymium magnets on covers. I drill and recess a 3/16" magnet in 4 places in the body lugs.

    On the cover side, you either have to have a cover thick enough, or cut down the opening lugs enough to accommodate a magnet in the same location in the inside of the cover. I have used thin metal on the back side of the cover but it doesn't hold as strong.

    For a removal tool, epoxy a larger diameter magenet on one end of the back side of the cover. I use 1/2" for the tool and back side f the cover. I like to bore a slight recess for it to set in.

    To make a removal tool, stack magnets together until you get enough to easily remove the cover. It may take 4 or 5 sometimes. Bore a hole the depth of your magnets in a piece of wood and epoxy them in. I usually put mine flush in the tool but ended up having to add an additional magnet on this one after I epoxied them in. Cover the end of the tool with a thin piece of felt.

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    You can do a shallow finger recess on one edge of the cavity and slightly undercut the edge of the plate to provide a means for using a finger nail to remove the cover held by magnets.
     
  19. Slowtwitch

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    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to, but there was this piece of Ash in my garage that wanted attention :rolleyes:
    You guys didn't warn me after my first build, and look what I'm doing now.... #4 for no reason!
    First Belly Bout body
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    Plenty relief cavities to drop the weight of the heavy ash.
    Thickness is at 40mm (1.58")
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    Mescalero Especial got a new set of strings. It’s been stashed away for a while but it’ll be in regular rotation now. How about that mahogany...
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