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Zebra wood build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by soonerdude, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. soonerdude

    soonerdude Tele-Meister

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    I just couldn't wait to completely finish the last build before I start a new one. I had this slab of zebra wood sitting around, but solid zebra is just way too heavy. I have no way to resaw a blank like this, so I did the only thing I could think of. Started off cutting the blank into 2" wide strips...placed tape across front and back to keep the grain lined up as best I could. Jointed up the cut sides and reset the table saw to cut a section off the top by 5/8". Re-glued each piece accordingly. Once it's dry I'll run it through the planer to true up those surfaces. Right now it is exactly 1-3/4 thick (total). After planing, it should just a little proud of 1-1/2". The two sections weigh in at 14 lbs 2 oz. Still to heavy, but now I will be able to start carving out the body (semi-hollow?) and drop some serious poundage. Haven't quite decided on body style, but going so thin, it may be something SG like.



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  2. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Cool! I was eyeing some zebra wood at Windsor the other day.
     
  3. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

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    Wow 14lbs. I understand why you want to empty the beast! Should be a nice looking guitar!
     
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    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    That looks great!
     
  5. soonerdude

    soonerdude Tele-Meister

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    I think I'll have to hog out material from both top and bottom, but hopefully I can get it down under 6 lbs. don't want to induce neck and shoulder pain on anyone.
     
  6. soonerdude

    soonerdude Tele-Meister

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    Thanks Lisa. I've been envious of the exotic and figured woods you've been using.
     
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    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you. I'm trying hard not to screw them up.
     
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