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Old 03-30-2012, 06:59 AM   #81
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If you used the stewmac template, just make the claw center, then mark the lines. IF not, just center it with your center line, it should be fine.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #82
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Alright, thanks. I've got the holes marked out, but I couldn't find a drill bit that was long and small enough to let me drill the hole today, so I'll need my dad's help for that (I have no clue where anything is in this garage). However, I got it sanded down to 220 grit, feels smooth! I took pictures, but it's hard to see the difference this way. Oh well.






Hopefully, I'll have this thing done in the next week aside from wiring. Might be able to get that done too if I can get soldering down in time.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:04 PM   #83
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I love that shape, really. The grain is really nice.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #84
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this looks nice. only bit that saddens me is the store bought neck... the aren't that hard to make

aside from that, bravo
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:51 PM   #85
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^ Sounds like a useful feature to have, but whilst we're on the topic, you might like to know another way to do this, its a tone pot made by fender that has no load when turned up fully.

They're expensive though (like $13) so You can make you're own with a CTS pot and nail polish. No-load mod for a CTS pot



the drummer in my band got the "no load" option installed in his... well... he complained about them being sore for about a month... i'll leave it at that
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:44 AM   #86
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I love that shape, really. The grain is really nice.

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this looks nice. only bit that saddens me is the store bought neck... the aren't that hard to make

aside from that, bravo

Well, this is my first build and I was sort of paranoid about screwing that part up Should I do another, I'd probably attempt my own now that I'm more familiar with the process (and woodworking in general... my background in this is essentially middle school shop and some internet research). Thanks, though!
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:06 AM   #87
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necks are simple to make but one of the more time consuming items... radiusing fretboards can be a real annoyance... that's why i double sticky tape the sumbitches to my CNC and rough the radius with the machine while i sit up stairs, watch porn and drink coffee
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:21 PM   #88
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If only I had a CNC

Well, I was planning on getting a lot done this weekend, but I've been busy/unmotivated... I was able to figure out how to get the holes for the trem claw drilled (used a flex shaft on a power drill to get it close to parallel with the back), but I was going to go get some grain filler today before I realized that everything was closed for Easter. Darn. No pics unfortunately, as nothing's really changed aesthetically...

new plan, do grain filling/some finishing next weekend, if I can manage to get the time working around various prom shenanigans. Hopefully
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:56 PM   #89
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This is beautiful. I'm just about to start my first build also, going the same path as you with the store bought neck. Same experience level, too. Its a big inspiration and confidence boost going in to see this being so successful. Great work.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:56 AM   #90
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Awesome, glad to hear it!

Also, can anybody recommend a good grain filler for padauk? I've found that there are a lot for different wood types, but none that would match the color of this wood that I've seen.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #91
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wkat kind of finish you doing?
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:55 PM   #92
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Just a few coats of poly, nothing special.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:36 AM   #93
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the poly should be heavy build enough to not need a grain filler... just shoot some coats, sand flat, repeat
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:54 AM   #94
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the poly should be heavy build enough to not need a grain filler... just shoot some coats, sand flat, repeat


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Never use grain filler on natural wood finishes.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:26 AM   #95
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Alright, thanks. Actually I just took the project to woodcraft over the weekend and got their opinion on finishing in general. I'm going to be doing an oil finish (Waterlox Original), so I won't be using grain filler anyways. I keep saying this, but hopefully this weekend I'll be able to get some finishing work done
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #96
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Started testing out the finish, just wanted to post up how much of a difference one coat is making. I'm testing another coat on this block, and after that it's on to the body! Just thought I'd finally give you guys some more pictures




Body finish pictures tomorrow maybe? Depending on how many coats I get done.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:23 PM   #97
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I lied. I got the first coat on, so here's some pics. Second coat tomorrow, third coat next weekend in all likelihood.




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Old 04-21-2012, 09:45 PM   #98
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Looks fantastic so far! Can't wait to see it fully finished and assembled!
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:14 PM   #99
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On the downhill stretch now! Looking good man
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:33 PM   #100
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It's been too long without pics.





That's with 3 coats of finish on it, and there's a 4th one on now. I can't do anything until after finals over, but the end's in sight!
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