What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. moosie

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    Harvest the celluloid keys (are they?) for making binding...
     
  2. Jackadder

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    Readying for frets....

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  3. moosie

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    I've been busy the last month or so, with Christmas and birthday gifts... and a Telecaster. Only a few more weeks before a forced three month vacation due to the cold.


    The Tele is my second body build, and first neck. Went with a StewMac hot rod spoke wheel heel adjust truss rod. I mixed the color myself - can you tell? It's not Coral... more like Bazooka Bubblegum... but it's grown on me. My 4 year-old granddaughter will love it! The neck is still only half-carved - had to stop to get cracking on some presents.


    The big picture frame with the ancient family photo is for my brother, who suffers from TBI. His brain is shot, and we're hoping he can recognize himself, and his family, and that it gives him some comfort. If you look, you can see layout marks in the upper right corner. At one point the birdseye was slated to be a Tele neck, and those are tuner hole placements. Didn't see them until the gloss went on. Too late! (I found that piece of birdseye - much larger piece, actually - in the maple rack at Home Depot. Surprise!) The orange-ish wood in the center is Sirari, aka Bolivian Cherry. Very dense and hard. Works nice, with occasional interlocked grain. I used a high angle plane for the smoothing, and had no trouble.


    The Wenge/White Oak box with purpleheart/curly maple sliding tray is for my wife. She takes little interest in my work, so when I get a little reaction from her as the piston-fit lid closed... bingo! We got a winner. I love that quartersawn figure - it wraps around all sides. It came from a large piece, resawn. I have another hunk attached to the back of my table saw, to support the homemade folding outfeed table. So, I get to look at that sun-spray grain all day long. Never gets old.

    I think I want to try fitting a piece of velvet-wrapped poster board into the bottom of the box. I upholstered a tweed cab once, does that count?


    The curly maple / walnut picture frames are for my dad. We'll be celebrating his 86th birthday this weekend. Almost done, a few coats of lacquer over the sealer should pop the color a bit more. And then install the 'art sandwich': PETG acrylic, matting, backer board (paper), 1/8" hardboard (lacquered), metal tabs to hold the hardboard in, and then wire hanging hardware.

    Ironically, the frames began as one larger frame. I messed up - minor but critical - a couple times. The first time, I opted to make two frames, so I could use the too-short leg. Second time, it was the short leg I mis-cut, so I had to drop the frame size. The frames keep getting more, and smaller. I hope I finish soon, or I'll have a dozen 2x2s... and no waste! :lol:


    If the weather holds, next up is a batch of little Pau Ferro / Curly Maple boxes. A few with spline miter corners, a few with 3/16" finger joints.


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    Haha the last picture almost had me thinking you had a pair of blue jeans and someone mooning us through the frame! It made me look twice! All those projects definitely look great though!
     
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    Wow, shut up and take my money for this single cut lol :eek:
     
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  6. moosie

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    I noticed that after I posted, and wondered if anyone would comment. I did a double take, too!
     
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    Ick. I am clearly not badass enough to live in Oz.

    Good luck, y'all.
     
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    Maybe pull out that nice dark amber from the center stripe?

    Or even a darker green transtint?
     
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    Thanks, Jim. I've had this fretboard blank sitting around for ages, and the myrtle neck was the very first and only one I've ever routed from a template - normally with freehand there is plenty of room to whittle things down to spec, but not this time....

    Frets are in - I had a length of jumbo Evo wire that was enough for 1-12, and 13-21 are Evo medium jumbo, teensy bit not-as-high and a fair bit thinner, interested to see how the combo works....or doesn't....

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    The scene of the crime...

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    Paper Birch Table Red Oak Trestle

    Table being finished in shelac

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    Jerry Gracias prototype is moving along. This is the project the buffers Helmut is making are destined for. Claro Walnut solid 1 piece body. Not a replica of any guitar, merely a tribute and what I would make for him if he was alive today. Freshly smoothed after the duplicarver here. Still working on the cavity templates. FD9680C0-123F-49A7-B8A7-910DAACB62B2.jpeg 9747E0A3-A74A-4BB9-A128-87C4E68E15BF.jpeg 4D1EA6CB-F54D-4BB8-AFBE-67DA6C9C850C.jpeg BFC257BA-7B8F-4D81-97D4-93A603D405A2.jpeg
     
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    Wow!
     
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    Wow, MG, that's amazing!
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    I think you are referancing my build..? If you want any info..not a problem..happy to.
     
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    Actually just off the workbench, this 330 clone. All maple body, book matched on the back, maple/mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Creamery '63 pickups, sperzel locking tuners. Amber-glo tinted nitro lacquer.


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    I got a crazy idea stuck in my head that just had to get started. It's a travel guitar that I have several design goals for. I will take him home, I will call him Quark. You can see my build thread for more.

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    Oh yeah, did some stuff with dye today:

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    Every time I get my duplicator set up to do that someone comes in and needs a rifle stock right away and I end up taking the tables out again
     
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  20. moosie

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    Very cool!
     
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