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Old 10-08-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Twin Les Paul Juniors.

I know it's starting to seem like I've got a lot on my lunch plate but I've just started a couple of LP Juniors today. All reclaimed wood so far, some kinda of mahogany for the bodies, and the neck blanks (which I actually made a couple weeks back) are 3-piece oak and mahogany. I think... I can't actually remember.

Anyway, here are some pics to start. Timber cut down:

I'm going to get 3 bodies out of this plank. I was hoping to get about 5 out of it, but some of the nail holes in it convinced me otherwise.

Sides planed, and roughed up a little with some 80 grit. I read the other day that roughing up the surfaces can actually make the join more discrete. If you sand it with a low grit you'll raise some of the grain fibres. They should then in theory merge with the fibres on piece it's being glued to. We'll see hot that works:

Glued and clamped, with an artist's impression of what the finished body will almost certainly look like:

Templates are being finished:

It's just the cavity and cover recess that need the templates finishing (along with the actualy cavity cover, but I'll sort that later).

More work tomorrow
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Looks promising! What are the finishing plans for these puppies?
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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enjoying the tele build thread too so will watch with interest!

just out of curiosity, what glue do you use to stick it together? i guess it needs to be really strong, just not sure what you use.

never really occured to me to use reclaimed stuff till you started the tele thread, opens all sort of possibilities.....
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
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I've always loved DCLPJr's...acronyms FTW.

Planning for one of them to be TV yellow?
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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just out of curiosity, what glue do you use to stick it together? i guess it needs to be really strong, just not sure what you use.

I use Gorilla Glue expanding polyurethane for most things. It foams up as it drys so it fills any slight gaps that may exist. The excess chisels off real easy too:


Cavity templates are roughed. You can see that I've made the template for the cover recess quite a bit longer thatn it is on the print out. That's so I can use magnets to fit the cover:

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Looks promising! What are the finishing plans for these puppies?

No TV Yellow I'm afraid, all natural I might put elm tops on them if they're not thick enough once planed. I won't know that until my pickups arrive though. Should be able to make it work as they are though.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
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got a lot on my lunch plate


Nice.


And what the balls, why do you keep building guitars that I like? Are you taunting me?

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #8
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And what the balls, why do you keep building guitars that I like? Are you taunting me?

Well I now have 55 left in my bank account, and I'll have none by the time I've bought hardware for these. Buy one please
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #9
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Well I now have 55 left in my bank account, and I'll have none by the time I've bought hardware for these. Buy one please


Provide cheap-ish shipping to Australia and I will consider. For reference, how much would you offload these for?
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Provide cheap-ish shipping to Australia and I will consider. For reference, how much would you offload these for?

I'll look into it next week if you want. I'm going down South tomorrow and won't be back until Sunday. These will be roughly the same kind of price as the Teles, 450-550. I won't know until I've ordered up the hardware though. I've got all the wood sorted, and the pickups, but nothing else.

Not an exciting photo I know, but I finished these templates:

I also made my neck template, and I'm close to finishing the neck pocket template too. I wanted to get my scarf joints on the neck today but I ran out of time Maybe in the morning, we'll see.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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These are gonna look beautiful
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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Why no lunch pics ?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:41 PM   #13
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Looking good. I might have to start saving.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:43 AM   #14
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Why no lunch pics ?

Here's a few: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1566836

One las pic before I head to England. The completed templates and one body is almost planed flat:
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:06 AM   #15
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:34 PM   #16
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Finished planing the front of the bodies today:

I'm going to build a jig to use my router to thickness them. Might get that done tomorrow, might not, who knows.

I redid the neck pocket template:

I realised a fantastic way to make a super-tidy neck pocket template, can't believe I never thought of it before. Take 3 straight bits of MDF and line them up with the outline you want, and tape them down. Then just use a bearing-bit in your router and bingo. Three straight liness, with symmetrical rounded corners! Unfortunately I'll need to make a new neck template to match it

Here are the neck blanks, Oak/Mahogany/Oak:

I'm thinking of using offcuts from the body for the scarf-jointed headstocks. What do you guys think?

Here's the headstock shape. It's based off an old Hofner, but I've reversed it:
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:57 AM   #17
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These are shaping up nicely
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #18
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I know this isn't exciting in the slightest, but here it is anyway:

Shaped the heel of the new neck template. I was away to rout the taper (hence the tape), thus completing the template, but I ran out of time for the day
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:53 AM   #19
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So I've been looking at bridges...

I was thinking maybe these?


I think they're kinda ugly though, opinions?

I'm going string through by the way.
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I don't like them. They look funny
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