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Wheelie's 2012 Challange Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Wheelie, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. RogerC

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    Nice progress, Wheelie. Looks like you made some good strides today. The ipe neck and maple wings contrast is pretty sweet.
     
  2. Wheelie

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    Since I don't plan too far ahead, the logistics of this build are about to get complicated. I'll skip bending anything if I can, wait... maybe I could... nah, better not.
     
  3. Wheelie

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    That's right E, since there's not enough maple to make a whole body, and I lost my board stretcher, I had to go for the layered look. Hey, if it works for thinning hair.....
    Oh, and no "D" talk, I wouldn't last a week without my sweetie.

    Roger,

    Just wait till you see the Ipe with a gloss finish, really brightens it up and brings out some red tones.
     
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    Oooooo, that is gonna be slick!!!
     
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    Great looking wood, very tasty design, very tidy execution. Good to watch.
     
  6. Wheelie

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    Helpful hint time

    Machining figured wood can be a bit frustrating at times.

    Running your birdseye, flamed or quilted maple through the jointer generally nets you some tearout.
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    You can purchase a totaly cool Shelix cutterhead if you have the means. When that's not an option, try squirting a little water on the edge.
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    It softens the wood just enough to prevent tearout. This method will leave the surface a bit fuzzy but a light sanding with some 220 grit and your good to go.
     

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  7. RogerC

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    Great tip. Thanks!
     
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    I love seeing birdseye on a guitar....
     
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    So, a little more on this "squirting water" thing.....do you spray enough to saturate the whole
    edge or just mist it on? This is a great tip and thanks for sharing, btw.
     
  10. Wheelie

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    I spray on quite a bit and then wipe the excess off with a rag.

    Today I kept with the blowing off real work theme and got a few things done.

    I needed to pattern rout some pieces so they matched, but am not ready for assembly yet. I didn't think double stick tape was going to be strong enough here so first I drilled some holes for alignment pins. Oh look, another bad picture!
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    Then we take a page from the wood turners book. Glue paper to the wood and the other piece of wood to the paper. Holds things nice and tight and when your done, split the joint with a chisel and the paper tears apart.
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    New pattern bit. Much better than those little 1/2" with a 1/4" shank ones.
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  11. Wheelie

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    Next I did some layout and did some kind of contour thing at the back of the neck.
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    Then I sanded the body panels and finally got to glue a few pieces together. Yes, that is a down draft sanding table made from old interior doors some MDF and a furnace fan. Best tool I ever made for the shop. The dust you see on the table is everything from sanding all six panels from 80 grit through 220 grit.
     

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    And last thing for today. I made these little dog leg things to create the walls of the electronics cavity.
     

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    Great progress... love that bird's eye.
     
  14. Wheelie

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    Thanks MK,

    I can't wait to see that wood with the clear gloss finish.

    Steve
     
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    So I got to thinking, maybe I should put a round over on those body pieces before I get too many more blocks glued on. Eight of the sides were pretty straight forward since those pieces layed flat to the table. The other four required spacers and double stick tape.
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    Then it was time to glue on the control cavity blocks and some additional spacers.
     

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    Here's what it looks like with a whole lot of double stick tape.
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    I think from this point on this project is going to get difficult.
     
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    One last picture for today.

    Does anyone care to offer an opinion on changing the fretboard to maple?
     

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  18. RogerC

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    I say keep the fretboard as is. I really like the contrast.
     
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    Either way will look awesome. I for one would like to see the Maple.
     
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    Maple.

    Oh, and cool build!
     
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