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Zebrawood Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by chromaken, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. chromaken

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    Hey all. I've been working on a build. It started as a SX STL62. I took off 3/4" of alder and replaced it with Zebrawood. I decided to run the grain perpendicular to the alder, I just liked the look. Anyway., here it is in progress... Any suggestions for clear grain filler?
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  2. Jack Wells

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    That grain direction is sure to elicit some comments.
     
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    Wow! That grain is just beautiful
     
  4. KevinB

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    An unusual look indeed! I'd like to see it with a bridge and pickguard mounted.

    Bartley's oil based grain filler in natural would be fine for it. You can get it at places like Rockler or Reranch.
     
  5. chromaken

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    Thanks guys.. Thanks for grain fill links.
     
  6. edd677

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    Id hate to see that grain covered up with a pickgaurd
     
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    Yes, you make an excellent point!

    I guess what I was trying to say is that I think the body would look quite different with all the hardware in place.
     
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    I like it
     
  9. Jack Wells

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    It's just too unconventional. I don't like it. But then I'm an old dog.
     
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    How many pieces of Zebra wood are you using there?
     
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    It looks pretty cool to me, but I'm guessing that you are going to have issues with this guitar in the near future. The alder will be fighting aainst the zebrawood. If I recall correctly, zebra wood has a pretty unfavorable T/R ratio. The fact that your zebrawood looks to be almost quartersawn will help, but in my opinion there is way too big of a cross-grain glue joint to hold together. I hope I'm wrong. This all assumes that the alder is running at a right angle to the zebra wood.
     
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    I think it looks stunning. Fingers crossed the grain direction doesn't lead to any issues.

    Thanks to this picture I'm now considering using a zebra cap in this orientation.
     
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    If you use veneer, and put it on both sides of the body, it shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    Yep, veneer and binding...that's a couple of weekends spoken for. ;)
     
  15. chromaken

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    Hi guys, I appreciate all the opinions. Hopefully I do not have any issues with the 2 woods. It is 3 pieces of Zebrawood. It is somewhat difficult to work with. Seems like the planer and scraping actually made the wood worse, as far as chipping goes. Lots of sanding to get it to this stage. It was easier for me to cut away the alder than it was to cut down the zebrawood. That's why i used such a thick piece. Hopefully it all works out.
     
  16. Colt W. Knight

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    Sounds like either your planer blades are dull, or you are feeding your wood through against the grain.
    I dulled the set of blades on my Ryobi this week planing rough cut Cherry, Walnut, and maple to make jewelry boxes for a few friends of mine. Cherry is tough stuff now.
     
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    Very nice. I can't wait to see how it looks with hardware installed.
    Most Zebrawood I have seen has been finished with oil, which made it turn towards a dark brown or amber color. But I think the light colors in it's raw state suggest something that allows it to retain the high contrast of the stripes might be more interesting.
    I'm concerned that the oil grain filler might make it turn too dark (Ok if that's what you want). But I don't know enough about finishing to suggest a different filler, may be a clear gel?
     
  18. chromaken

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    You are right Dan, it does turn it dark. But I feel its the only way. The water based formula, the wood simply looked dull, or 2D. The oil based poly on a test piece made it look dark, but much richer in color. Its a tough call. The end grain gets even darker!
     
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    My friend , I love it . I had something like that planned for my third build and you beat me to it ! I was planning solid , not a cap , still a beautiful effect . I was going to use some quartersawn Walnut that I have . Don't you dare cover that with a pickguard .
     
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