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Mick Reid
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Feb 5th, 2018 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

will emerge my next custom tele!

Ash Body (2-pc). This will be my first timber dye job. ColorTone Cherry Red with a gloss poly finish.

The neck will actually be maple/maple. The shop packed the wrong one and is shipping me out the correct one tomorrow.

Plenty to do on the body while I'm waiting for the replacement!

Stay tuned...

Newest project

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Feb 5th, 2018 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are you done yet? :-p

Mick Reid
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Feb 5th, 2018 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I know, right???

;^)

Therealfrogman
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Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 5th, 2018 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You have a nice looking bench, Mick. I have a picnic table for a bench....

I ordered my offset body with Nashville route. Looking at a compound channeled neck right now.

Mick Reid
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Feb 5th, 2018 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You have a nice looking bench, Mick. I have a picnic table for a bench...."

Thanks Bob. It's less impressive IRL and you've been doing some good work lately on your pic-a-nic table!

Can't wait to see the offset once you get it going on there too!

Cheers


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larryguitar
Feb 5th, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Flip that switch plate for volume swells.

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Feb 5th, 2018 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang you’re Slow! Chop chop!!!

Mick Reid
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Feb 5th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Flip that switch plate for volume swells."

Yes, that's one of my considerations.
I'm going to add forearm & tummy contours and contemplating a custom pickguard shape. (more like a surround for the neck pickup) but I haven't come up with a design for one that excites me yet.


Mick Reid
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Feb 5th, 2018 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Dang you’re Slow! Chop chop!!!"

I'm going to start with "sand-sand" first and save "chop-chop" as a last resort!


Mick Reid
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Feb 9th, 2018 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Progress report:

Got the lump of timber contoured, grain filled and dyed...

ready for clear coat

Therealfrogman
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Feb 9th, 2018 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks sweet, Mick.

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Feb 10th, 2018 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent! Paddington approves!

Mick Reid
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Feb 10th, 2018 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Paddington approves!"

Hah!

He's such a regular in my shop, I don't really notice him anymore!

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Feb 10th, 2018 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks good Mick. Exactly like I expected based on your description of intentions. Did you use a rasp for the contours or something with power? I used a rasp for the one body I cut contours on and it worked great.

Mick Reid
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Feb 10th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks 1600.

"Did you use a rasp for the contours or something with power?"

That's a question that I'm a bit reluctant to discuss, so I'm just going to say "power".

I was going to do it with a rasp, but we sold our horses and all the horse gear. I didn't have the forethought to keep the hoof rasp!


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Feb 10th, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, now we gotta know!

Mick Reid
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Feb 10th, 2018 11:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Oh, now we gotta know!”

Oh, ok...

As I said plan A was the rasp, which was sold amongst a lot of horse grooming gear. Plan B, I was going use the Wasp sander that fits on my drill press.

I bought the Wasp last year and had never used it apart from fitting it onto the drill press, switching it on and watching it spin.
“Cool.. it goes round and round, I’ll use that on my next project.”

Fast forward to now... the Wasp is a total POS!
The belt just slips if I apply anything more than just a very light touch. I pull that apart, chuck it in the bin.

Plan C. After being p-o'ed about the wasp, and not owning a belt sander, I went to the only tool left in my "material removal arsenal" that I thought *might* work........... my 4" angle grinder.

I had some sanding flap discs (for timber) so I figured I'll just test it out on a small area where the tummy cut is going to be and see how it goes. My biggest concern is that my grinder is not variable speed so I was worried about "burning" the wood with too high rpm's.

Turns out, with a soft touch and watchful eye, it can be done. I roughed it in with the grinder, fine tuned it with P120 on a detail sander then finished off by hand with a block and 240.

I don't recommend it for the faint of heart because it *could* go horribly wrong... fast!

Not one of my finer "fine woodworking" moments, but I got it done.

More pics to come!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 01:10 AM, Feb 11th, 2018)

Leftee
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Feb 11th, 2018 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That’s the manly-man way to do it!

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Feb 11th, 2018 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"my 4" angle grinder."

Heck, yes. He knows no fear...

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Feb 11th, 2018 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sounds pretty exciting. Or that would be "Remember when I tried to use a "_______" to shape a guitar body?

If you didn't hurt your back while doing it it does not count :0)

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