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Old 11-24-2011, 02:04 AM   #41
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Wow! That is looking really, really nice! Great job so far!!
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:05 AM   #42
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That spalt is looking nice!
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:36 PM   #43
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Like the look of that spalted top. Is it as soft in places as they say and did you have to add a epoxy hardener?
Looking good so far though.

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Old 11-24-2011, 05:33 PM   #44
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Cheers guys. I cut the spalt to size this morning on the jigsaw, and it is very soft - I think I'll definitely have to put a mahogany island under the bridge and drown the lot in epoxy before I start machining it properly. Having said that, a soft wood would be a whole lot easier to sand to shape... I guess I'll have to play this one by ear.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:58 AM   #45
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Great work, this is shaping up nicely!
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:37 PM   #46
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Got a template for the pickup ears made up this morning. Fixed to the body:



Then routed with a 1/4" bit, riding the shaft on the template:



Glued on the cap, using every clamp I own:



Started tidying up the garage when I found the template I made to route the mahogany plateau for the bridge, which I had forgotten to do before I glued the cap down. So off with the cap (it was already stuck down pretty good) - I'll have to sand the glue back once it's dried, then have another crack tomorrow.

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:36 PM   #47
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #48
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I love the build!

and welcome to the dilemma!

Great tone and backbreaking heavy as hell guitar?

Or hollowed guitar that isnt quite a solid body?

My telecaster made of one piece mahogany weighs 6,5 kilos, and after standing one hour with it you start to feel the strain on ya back. The upside is the goddamn sustain and tone,
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:27 AM   #49
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Yeah it's a bit of a tradeoff with weight vs. sound, but I don't gig, so weight's not such an issue to me.

I got the mahogany and spalt sanded down again today, then routed in the recess for the plateau:



Then glued in a couple of mahogany blocks to support the bridge and stop-bar:



Once that had dried enough I took it down with the router, then sanded it flush with the underside of the cap:



And glued the cap down onto the body. Again. It's fixed by a couple of screws to stop it sliding around.



I also spent a few hours prepping for the top carve (that drill-mounted spindle sander is really paying off now):



I'm finally starting work tomorrow, which means less time for building but more money for parts
Hopefully more progress soon!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #50
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Wow looking superb mate, You're inspiring me to get on with mine, and also making me slightly jealous I don't have spalted maples !

Lots of templates = clean routes. Props for dealing with the evil that is mdf.

One question, the pickup ears routes they are not symmetrical, you've made the side that meets the wiring route bigger? Is this to give yourself more room for the pup wire to bend? thats the only reason I can guess. . .

anyways, awesome work, looks really good. I'm going to put down the soldering iron, step away from the many pedal projects and go do some woodworking!! thanks for the inspiration !
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:08 PM   #51
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Knew you'd find those templates handy!
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:56 PM   #52
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Thanks for the support guys. Gandalf, you're right: I made the ears closest to the wire route bigger, though not for the sake of the wires. The line from the switch to the control cavity went a bit wide near the switch, so I widened the ears to ensure I broke through to the cavity. I think it's pretty common for the bridge pickup, I just took it a bit further with the neck pup.

By doing it now without the cap, I can make sure I get the width I need without it showing on the surface (this makes sense in my head, I hope you can follow ).

Yeah MDF is a real prick, but at least you know there are no soft spots or unusual grain directions I guess. Those templates are great LBMk2, I found a pdf version which prints to actual size - much easier than trying to scale a jpg.

Sneaky Edit/Update:

I got 10 minutes in the garage this evening, so routed the binding cut around the outside of the body. The plan is to get the minimum depth now, then it'll be easier to match it when I've got the contours done:


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Old 11-29-2011, 02:43 AM   #53
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Got a couple of passes done tonight. I have to say, I was absolutely packing myself routing so far from the template on the first run, and my arm (the one pushing down on the template-side of the router) was shaking after I was done. But it all turned out well in the end:



The contour map spec'd 1/16" per topo line, which is around 1.6mm. And what do you know, I have a piece of 1.6mm aluminium handy:



Which made depth setting between contours a whole lot easier:



The first two contours:



Unfortunately the 12mm MDF templates aren't deep enough for the higher contours (the bearing rides too high), so that's all for tonight while the rest of the templates are glued to get double thickness:



I'll route them quickly with the table tomorrow, and with any luck I'll get the contours finished off in the evening.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:50 PM   #54
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thats one thick guitar body..........what is gonna be the overall thickness??
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #55
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It will surely get thinner after carving, i guess
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:45 AM   #56
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Yep, she's pretty chunky. The body is 45mm, the cap 20mm. The plan was to lose 4mm after the carve, but it turns out my gauge (or perhaps my using the gauge) added about 0.5mm per cut - totalling about 4mm. I'd rather it too thick than too thin (though perfect would be better still), so I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out:



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Old 11-30-2011, 01:48 AM   #57
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Very nice!
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:52 AM   #58
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #59
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65mm.........thats 2 and a half inches.........chunky is the word on the street. how much does it weigh?? Most guitar bodies are 44-45mm total. gonna need a substantial strap for that one. Still love that spalted tmber.......is it soft in bits....like some say?
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:28 PM   #60
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if you find its too thick you can always take some off the back. Keep going, lookin good!!
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