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What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. epizootics

    epizootics Tele-Meister

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    New (old) router day...

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    Not even close to the old Swiss Elu routers in terms of construction but nowhere near as bad as a lot of contemporary routers. Got it brand new (the seller's father had bought it, put it in storage and forgotten about it for a few decades) from the local ads, for the price of one of those horrible green Bosch routers. It is pretty much the same machine as the DeWalt 621, which features a pretty effective dust collection system. And all the spares are still available, which is a big plus.

    I put it to use straight away to cut the neck pocket on this one:

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  2. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nice score on that Elu router...a very good tool and that you got it in brand new condition was a real win!
     
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  3. devrock

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    Been battling the depression demons again the past few months, but pushing myself to get back to work on all my builds and even start a new one (I like the satisfaction of creating cool combos of woods and such for new builds). This is going to be my first Strat clone build, using new templates I got last month. Padauk body, super flame maple neck, figured gabon ebony board (it has slight flame figure you can't see in the pic), abalone dots and trying to find the perfect piece of spalted flamed maple for the pick guard. (The spalted piece you see in the pic is not what I'm using, but trying to find something very similar.) I just watched a demo for BK Sinner single coils and aiming to get those for this build.

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  4. tewiq

    tewiq Tele-Meister

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    Ouhhh I really like that spalt , that is going to be one serious looker. :D
     
  5. RiversQC

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    Sorry to hear you're going through a rough patch. I hope setting to work on your project helps. I find it deeply satisfying and offsets my other stresses... except when I screw something up! Anyway, beauty materials, and keep us posted. :)
     
  6. peterg

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    Flush trim template for the scary parts.

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  7. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Got my Lyon/Washburn fixed.
    All it took was a new trussrod, nut, saddle height adjustment screws, pickup rings, wiring, all new electronics and TVJones Classics. Weights 8 & 1/2lbs.
     

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  8. Bugeater281

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    Been awhile since my garage was available, I finally got the house projects done that were taking up my sweet shop space. Made some progress.

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  9. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    The mando neck is coming along well.

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  10. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Tele-Afflicted

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    A quick test of the surbuf pad that John Nicholas recommended . Came out pretty nice.

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  11. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Decided to build a cherrywood control cover for the back of the Tele. It will match the cherrywood neck.

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    I cut 3, since it wasn’t any more work, once cut & sanded to size.

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    Put a coat of oil as I did on the neck.

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    Now clear nitro.

    Scott
     
  12. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My "bench" today was the great outdoors, "lumberjacking" a couple of down ash trees to get them cleaned up as I have a tree service coming on Monday to take down some dead ash that are near our home and WAY too big for me to even dream about doing myself. $$$$$ sadly... but I'll be cutting those up, too, to save some money and getting the larger logs milled for future use.
     
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  13. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    Prototype bridge for the electric mandolin. This is a mandolin-sized version of my bridge design that I made for the Refractor guitar. The end one will be machined in brass and nickel plated. Pretty happy!

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  14. Doyledagain

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    New build! This one came together fast. I’ve had the body sitting around unloved for way too long. I thought a tortoise shell pick guard would be a classy pairing with the gold hardware. I wanted to match the feet dots to the guard with tortoise shell plastic dots with gold foil beneath to help them pop (doesn’t quite show up in photos but the dots almost glow).
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  15. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    Elu routers rock. Mine is if from 80’s - got new bearings and is still running - i got my spare-parts through Dewalt as you state
     
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  16. Lost_N_Austin

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    This is not a Guitar. At least not yet of maybe not in my Lifetime. What it is a Project "Buck" or a Mock-up guitar body so that I can accumulate and assemble the unique collection of parts for a guitar build. I can switch pickguards or Bridge plates or control plates and decide which ones I might use when completing a guitar. I was just bare rough finished wood because I don't have access to a Planer to establish the 'Finished" thickness that would allow me to route the proper neck pocket Depth.

    I tried just using an orbital sander but quickly grew tired of that makeshift solution. So out comes the can of Krylon and a quick spray of the "body-to-be". Once the paint dried I suddenly came to th realization that this might make a strikingly good looking Telecaster body. These are Color pictures but they appear as "Black/White".
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    I may just cover this with Clear. I don't even care if the end result is perfectly flat.

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  17. Freeman Keller

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    I bought some Surbuf pads too. Here is my test

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    This is the fir classical that I built last summer. My first attempt at a French polish, I wasn't totally satisfied with it. It has had 3 months or so to cure (and get a few scratches) I figured the shellac was hard enough to try buffing. Five inch Surbuf pad on my RO sander (kind of a scary thought) with Mequiar's #3. Very light buff, I think it will work really well on lacquer.
     
  18. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    On the bench - a doublesided PCB - work in progress. No compromise with shielding!

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  19. nnieman

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    That looks fantastic!!
    I have been experimenting with tortoise dot and they always end up too dark.

    Nathan
     
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  20. harpdog

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    5F1 Champ kit from MojoTone
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