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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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First project, starting to build guitar bodies. *Tele content

I have been a guitar tinkerer for the past 6 years or so, mainly hot-rodding mid level guitars. The only logical step for me was to start making bodies from scratch, so that's what I'm doing I picked up a router, some bits, I have a jig saw, drill and sander so here goes..

I bought a tele template on CL and thought since its one of my fave body styles I would try that.. but I would make this my Ultimate Tele just the way I want it. Should be intersting!
Down to business..
I got this beautiful piece of African Orange Pauduk from a guy for 60 USD!

template.. trust me, it won't be as boring as it looks

And just so I keep some of you with me,, here is the neck . Mighty Mite reverse strat head with abalone inlays, bird's eye maple fretboard and jumbo frets all polished and ready for action



stay tuned..
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I was just looking at custom tele bodies at Warmoth today ...

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traced and now roughcutting the body.. I only have a hand held jig saw so this part is a little slow going. This s a really dense wood. checkout the orange sawdust!

scrap piece in the sun.. nice color!
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Awesome project man!!! subscribed!!

I love the Pauduk!! Hard as hell to work, but easy on the eyes. I hope you have templates for the neck and other cavities, Routing freehand on pauduk is nearly impossible because it so hard....... it grabs even the best of bits and send you flying...... the template helps keep you in position.
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I hope it's not too heavy but anyway a good set of pickups will render light or heavy woods and sustain a non-issue since twang is what most go for in tele anyway.
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Awesome project man!!! subscribed!!

I love the Pauduk!! Hard as hell to work, but easy on the eyes. I hope you have templates for the neck and other cavities, Routing freehand on pauduk is nearly impossible because it so hard....... it grabs even the best of bits and send you flying...... the template helps keep you in position.
yep I have a neck template. it is really hard, like you said. even cutting with the jig saw and a new blade was a challange.
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I hope it's not too heavy but anyway a good set of pickups will render light or heavy woods and sustain a non-issue since twang is what most go for in tele anyway.
this one is getting humbuckers its going to be a very "un-tele" tele

I will do a swimming pool route to relieve some weight though. I like guitars a little on the heavy side. I move around alot when I play so I like it to sit on my hip and stay put.
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rough cut,

double side tape holding the template on and using a 2 inch top bearing router bit


out in the sun with the "vivid" setting on the camera

here is a little oops... gonna mix glue and sawdust to fill it in
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Nicely done man!! God that thing looks good, and THICK!! how big is the blank you started with??

Doesn't it figure that the "oops" ended up on the top and not the back. Get used to it, that's the way it always goes....LOL

BTW.... It may be to late, but I'm designing and building a home made 36" belt sander. If I finish and it works as planned I'll send you the plans. It will cost less than $100 to build. I also have plans for a highly functional 24" wide thickness sander that I found on line. It's pretty simple to build, but the cost will be around $300
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Nicely done man!! God that thing looks good, and THICK!! how big is the blank you started with??

Doesn't it figure that the "oops" ended up on the top and not the back. Get used to it, that's the way it always goes....LOL

BTW.... It may be to late, but I'm designing and building a home made 36" belt sander. If I finish and it works as planned I'll send you the plans. It will cost less than $100 to build. I also have plans for a highly functional 24" wide thickness sander that I found on line. It's pretty simple to build, but the cost will be around $300
the blank was like,, 18 x 14 or something close to that...and 1- 3/4 inches think so I lucked out, no planing. Its nice and flat. That pic must be an optical illusion or a funny angle. the oops is on the top side where the upper horn would be on a strat. ..on the side of the body so no biggie

homemade sander eh?? thats right up my alley
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Don't sissy it up and put an Edge trem on that thing!

Nice project!

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Don't sissy it up and put an Edge trem on that thing!

Nice project!

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not to worry!
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rounding off the edges



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Looking good!
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Very nice!
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