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#1
Well UG, Ive started building a lap steel. I just recieved the wood today and have had the parts for a while.

The specs of it are:

2 piece alder body
6 string
22.5 inch Scale
I dont know if im going to make a fretboard, or inlay the body
1 P-90
String through bridge
1 Vol, 1 Tone

I dont have any pictures yet, but i will soon.

But now I ask for your help in choosing a design for the body.
I want something...different, ive thought about a V body but i dont think i have enough wood to do so.

All help is appreciated.
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#3
No, its not from GFS, i ordered it for Allparts, thats where i ordered all of the rest of the hardware.

Would you care to share the SG idea, i dont think ill use it, but it might help me decide what i want.
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#5
Thats ok man, thanks anyways.

Another issue is the "fretboard".

I was thinking about just marking the fret positions on the body and doing an inlay for the fret. How does that sound?
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#7
Does Stewmac sell 22.5 scale fretboards?
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#9
I've been toying with the idea for making a lap steel for a while now. I was going to do a five string, though (going to make my own pickup). Does anyone know what the best wood for a really low, sustaining, thick tone is?

I was going to do what you're doing, too. Do an inlay for fret marks. Not sure though. What's the pros and cons of that?
Sincerely, Chad.
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#10
well there would be less glueing and, ummm, i cant think of anything other pros other than it would look cool

and i cant think of any cons.
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#11
Well ive finally found some time to take pictures of the project.

Here is the wood



heres the wood and the parts (minus the cap for the tone, i havent got that yet.)



I still dont have an idea for the body yet, so if anyone has any ideas they would be greatly appreciated.
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#12
p-90's rule
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#14
ive been looking at pictures on google and i have yet to see anything that catches my eye.
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#18
I do believe so, because i cant get the LP shape drawn out and looking good.
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#20
I dont think that mine will have a sexy top like that, as i dont have any experience glueing tops on.

But thanks man.
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#21
dude niice! i would have had a much largerr fret board thoguh 3 0cataves. nice finish 2, and the girl holding it isn't bad either (i hope its your daughter)
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#24
Well first of all, i most likely wont have a fretboard, just markers in the wood.
Second, that girl is very nice.
And third, im only 17, i just found that on google.
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#25
dude i tottaly just got you all do to a wtf. hahaha dude she has no tits, come on, u think id want that? well the lap steel yeah , but thats for slide and not for well slide
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#26
Id want that, and the lap steel.
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#27
Ok so im working on the design as i type, and i have a question: is 1 1/8" long enough for the string, from the nut, to the tuning post?

And what would be the best way to glue two pieces of wood end to end? the design ended up being 7 1/4 " wide and my wood is 7 1/2" wide
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#29
well the two pieces that i have are about 20" long each, and the entire length of the guitar is about 32", so kinda end to end i guess. I was thinking about a lap joint, and can i use regular wood glue, or do i need hide glue?
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#31
i'd be worried about the strength of the body if it was glued end to end, you might try doing something similar to a scarf joint for a neck, i think that would be a bit stronger, its hard to get a good strong piece by gluing the open grain together.

ex. something like this:
#33
i think scarf joints are stronger in this particular case, i could be wrong though, it probably doesn't make a difference either way, as long as its a clean joint
#34
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i think scarf joints are stronger in this particular case, i could be wrong though, it probably doesn't make a difference either way, as long as its a clean joint

This is kinda related to the discussion: I'm curious as to why builders don't use mortise and tension joints when assembling a 2-piece body ...



or even just biscuits ...



#35
^ probably because its usually unnecessary. in most cases, because the two pieces are glued side by side, there isn't any tension trying to pull the glue joint apart. if bodies had to be glued top to bottom (such as the thread starters situation) then you might see those sort of joints more often
#36
I was thinking about a scarf joint, and a mortise and tension joint, but i think that i will go with the scarf joint, now all i need to do is get some titebond.

And the piece of wood that i was going to use for the "neck" part of the guitar has cracked!
What should i do? scrap it and buy another, use what i can from it, or just use it?
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#38
ill get some pics today.
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#39
Ok so i lied, i didn't get pics till today.

So here are the plans/template for the body(i havent figures out the bridge placement exactly)


Here is the unfinished headstock portion


and finally the CRACK(s)

Edit: Imageshack and my internet connection are being slow so ill try and get pictures of the cracks up later.
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