whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#1
So a few years ago my dad bought a Washburn Oscar Schmidt Delta King:

Along with it he bought a broken one, which has sat in a cupboard in the workshop ever since. I'm going to fix it to make some room. I know it's not really worth anything, but it's good practice!




You can see there's a two little chips missing:


The body's not in bad nick:


Unfortunately the bridge and tailpiece are missing, even though the studs and posts are there. I'm going to attempt to make wooden ones. First I'll fit an ordinary tune-o-matic and intonate, and then I'll copy that over to wood.
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#2
The plans for the headstock repair are glue and clamp, and then add a couple of splines for strength. I need to find out what this thing's finished with though.
Loki.Foxchild
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#3
wow, I'm kinda curious how the wooden tune-o-matic's gonna work out
seljer
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#4
How about if you were to go full out archtop tailpiece + bridge?
eddiehimself
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#5
I really don't think a wooden TOM bridge is going to work too well. At the very least you should use a dense wood such as ebony to hold up against the string tension, and you would probably want a section of bone where the saddles are.
EH


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Last edited by eddiehimself at Sep 15, 2012,
whoomit
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#6
Quote by eddiehimself
I really don't think a wooden TOM bridge is going to work too well. At the very least you should use a dense wood such as ebony to hold up against the string tension, and you would probably want a section of bone where the saddles are.

Well we'll see. I might add beach or maple as a seperate saddle. I've seen Rosewood used before though.

Work didn't start today unfortunately because I spent all day with the girlfriend. Boo!
whoomit
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#8
Quote by LeviMan_2001
Bitches, man. As for that headstock break, that's the best kind i've ever seen! All I can think of is make sure the truss rod is loose. Should be a fun little project.

That was the first thing I did after taking pictures

Today I should get the headstock glued and clamped. Might see about getting some of the wiring in, but all the pots are still wired and everything so it's not too much bother! The jack plate was missing too, so I'll be making one to match the bridge and tailpiece I guess!


Edit: Actually, I highly doubt I'll be looking at wiring. I have other (better/more interesting) jobs to do today. I'll be working on the other build thread I just started, and possibly making a couple of fret crowning files
Last edited by whoomit at Sep 16, 2012,
whoomit
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#9
Headstock glued:

You can see I've got an MDF wedge and a chisel jammed in there to put some pressure on an area where the two parts weren't tight enough together. Unfortunately the finish isn't nitro (who'da thunk? ) so I'm just going to strip it and oil it I think, I'll leave the front of the headstock as it is though.

Next job is to add a couple splines across the joint for STRENGTH!
whoomit
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#11
Quote by LeviMan_2001
Nice! Also, making fret crowning files?? Do tell!

I bought two of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350559047243?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
and I'm just going to grind down the edge teeth and polish it smooth. I bought two just incase I mess one up.

I have one of these: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Shaping_and_crowning/Diamond_Fret_File.html but I've decided I don't like it anymore. Can't really see what you're doing when you use it
whoomit
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#12
Just a picture of the glue-job, it's a nice tight fit:

I was hoping to get started on the splines today but I don't know if I'll have time.
whoomit
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#13
Here's my little jig I made to rout the channels for the splines:

My rout wasn't quite as clean as I would've like, but I neatened it up with a chisel. It looks worse in the photo than it actually is. It's neat enough that a bit of glue and dust should cover up any slight rough edges I think. Also pictured is the piece of Jarrah I'm going to use as the splines:

I was going to put a third spline in between those two, but I don't think it needs it. I'm not even sure it needs these two, the glue job is really sturdy.
whoomit
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#14
Made and fitted the first spline, real tight fit:

TOO tight as it turns out:

Didn't make that mistake with the second one:
whoomit
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#16
Thanks

Well I just tried to strip the finish with NitroMors. It wasn't having any of it, so I'll just sand it off. Seems like a pretty thing finish anyway.

I noticed the neck has been fretted terribly, I'll give you a picture of it later.
BrokenDstring
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#19
Just sandpaper and muscle to get the finish off or...?
LICKY, LICKY LOLLIPOP


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whoomit
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Quote by BrokenDstring
Just sandpaper and muscle to get the finish off or...?

Afriad so! Maybe used the random orbital a little too Just an hour or two to strip it completely:


Here's that awful fret I was telling you about, fret number 2. There's a 2mm gap between the end of the fret and the side of the board!


Quote by LeviMan_2001
I'll take it! I've been GASing over those for a while...

Where do you live?
BrokenDstring
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#22
I envy you! I wish I had a powered sander and I wish I could strip this damn SG of mine in an hour or two. I'm on day 7 of about 1 hour a day and I almost have the front and back done.

Anyways...lookin really good man! I'm a sucker for projects and not just my own. I will definitely stay tuned here.
LICKY, LICKY LOLLIPOP


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LeviMan_2001
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#23
Quote by whoomit
Afriad so! Maybe used the random orbital a little too Just an hour or two to strip it completely:


Here's that awful fret I was telling you about, fret number 2. There's a 2mm gap between the end of the fret and the side of the board!



Where do you live?


Not raaaawwwwr, unfortunately. I live in Alaska.