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Old 12-26-2011, 07:21 PM   #21
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To Gandalf: The separate back and front are just for ease to make. That's really all there is to it. And as far as getting the pieces right goes, what I planned to do (and started until the router messed up) was screwing the pieces of wood together (in places that it wouldn't affect the build) and using a jigsaw to cut it to a rough general shape, route the wire paths on the front of the back piece, and glue everything together using the screws to keep it all lined up, then use the belt sander to get the whole thing down to the same shape, then route the cavities.

Ordered some REALLY light grit sandpaper and some nitro funstuffs to try to do the finish I want (gloss black) instead of settling for dyes.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:49 PM   #22
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Ready for jig-sawing. The screws are in the pup cavities so the boards don't slip, and because that area will be routed out anyways. The boards are misaligned for more secure joints.


Rough cut. Plan was to unscrew, route the wire-paths, then glue.





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The router's collet let the bit slip and wobble. It straightened out once it went through the entire board.






Got a new board. Poplar this time. Since it's a string-through, the poplar may help offset a TINY bit of the brightness (if it does at all). I dunno. Felt like using poplar. Deal with it.



Got my router fixed, will jig the new board tomorrow and try to not mess up the routing again tomorrow.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:08 AM   #23
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Do you have any pdf (or other format) blue prints for a firebird that you could shear with me? I'm planing on building one sometime in the future.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:23 AM   #24
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Do you have any pdf (or other format) blue prints for a firebird that you could shear with me? I'm planing on building one sometime in the future.


I do. I have no idea how to get it to you though.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:10 AM   #25
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Ok, looks like a solid design. router slips suck, I don't trust collets anymore, had the same thing happen. I resort to my smaller 1/4in chuck router if I have to use a 1/4in router bit. Be thankful you're router decided not to throw the router bit at you; I imagine it would take some stopping.

Yo da you still working on you're tele?
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:07 AM   #26
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Yo da you still working on you're tele?


I am, I've been a bit slack on it though. I've been trying to find somewhere that sells nitro in NZ to finish it, but the only place I found stoped stocking it. If you know of anywhere give me a PM, it would be appreciated I should be starting to work on it again soon though.

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I do. I have no idea how to get it to you though.


If I sent you a PM with my email address, do you think you could send it as an attachment?

Btw, I'm looking forward to see how this build turns out. Is that neck a bolt on or a set neck?
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:24 AM   #27
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I am, I've been a bit slack on it though. I've been trying to find somewhere that sells nitro in NZ to finish it, but the only place I found stoped stocking it. If you know of anywhere give me a PM, it would be appreciated I should be starting to work on it again soon though.



If I sent you a PM with my email address, do you think you could send it as an attachment?

Btw, I'm looking forward to see how this build turns out. Is that neck a bolt on or a set neck?


Of course I could. And I could make it either way, but am going to do bolt on out of preference.


The pickups are ordered. Got a Jazz for the neck, and got a Dimarzio PAF 36 to put in the neck of my Les Paul so I can get the JB out of that. (the JB is currently my Les Paul's neck pickup for some reason)
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:57 PM   #28
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Not a real update, but got the routing done. This is more of a bump than anything.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:02 PM   #29
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Isn't poplar like, a super light wood? As in light-weight?? :s
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #30
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No more so than pine, which was the original plan...
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:24 PM   #31
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The poplar is heavier than the pine. Not sure if that's how it's supposed to be, but it is.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:30 PM   #32
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Poplar is very similar to Alder. Good for a solid paint finish.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:17 PM   #33
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I didn't forget you guys. Just been busy. Now...









If you are wondering, the holes in the middle are screws to help it hold together in the middle. The holes will be covered by a very thin board going down the middle, (aesthetically, though not structurally) like a real Firebird.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:11 PM   #34
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attack of the fucking clamps lookin good so far mang
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #35
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A tip for next time, put the screw holes were the pickups will be so that they will be routed out any way. Thats how most people do it. But it should be fine if its going to be coverd. Maybe fill them before you cover them though.
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No kidding...looks like something you'd see a redneck do.

You my friend, have some of the worst luck with a router that I've seen yet...but it made for good lolz. Interesting build, will be following.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:22 PM   #37
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #38
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A tip for next time, put the screw holes were the pickups will be so that they will be routed out any way. Thats how most people do it. But it should be fine if its going to be coverd. Maybe fill them before you cover them though.


That was the plan until, while I took a step away to get a Coke, my dad drilled them (despite my saying of "not there") because he said it would be better for holding them in place...

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No kidding...looks like something you'd see a redneck do.

You my friend, have some of the worst luck with a router that I've seen yet...but it made for good lolz. Interesting build, will be following.


It is something a redneck would do. And the router was because for some reason my (now dead) uncle decided the collet would be a good place to stash a cannabis roach.

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Tempting. If only I didn't have the pickups I'm putting in it already.


By the way, the other idea for joining these was putting down a piece of cardboard, the pieces of wood on top of that (just to prevent scratching), and then putting a spare board on that (once again to prevent scratching) and a cinder block or two on top of that. Would that be advised against for the future? Like, if I didn't want to deal with clamps? Too redneck?
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:00 AM   #39
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I had that same problem with my router bit slipping on my last build. I chucked the bit tight as I could but about halfway through the truss rod route it worked its way free and punched through the back of the neck. I smashed the piece of crap on the floor and bought a new one the next day. I think it's the first tool I've ever smashed, but I was 100% happy I smashed it, even after shelling out for a new one.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:43 AM   #40
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Get yourself a good template bit and make MDF templates. I've screwed with freehand routing before and put simply, it doesn't work. Unless you're a god.
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