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Anyone applied veneer to a Strat body with the forearm contour? To the back with a belly contour?

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Groovey, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 28, 2016
    Netherlands
    Is that thing bound? Nice!
     
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  2. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    That is a good looking neck!!!
     
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  3. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    I'm couldn't wait to get back to this project. I could have settled for a two piece veneer on the back, but why settle? I couldn't live with the seams and edges. So back to the library and a bit more research. I have two peices of Birdseye Maplle veneer softening in this makeshift press. It is wet now with a mystery softening agent. By all accounts, when it is dry it should be bendable about all the contours. The first clamping wasn't good. Had to beef it up. We'll see. Stand by.
     

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  4. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    I spent the majority of the day watching glue dry. Trimming veneer, wetting, stretching, gluing veneer. Mostly watching glue dry. It was worthwhile. My partner was a big help. She has quite the artist's eye for many things. So I present a one peice veneer. Laid upon and bent around a belly contour. Folded about the horns. All seems will be on the sides. You'll see some flaws but nothing to quack (haha, quack) about. Lower right bout has a patch. It should sand down nicely. Middle right, well right and left, sides have some small cracks filled. Should blend well with sanding.

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  5. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I always wanted to do that. Looks nice so far.
     
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  6. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Thank you @Bodean . Remember, the first attempt was a bit off. This is better. Seams and edges being on the sides. I'll take some before and after of the sides tomorrow. Tonight we celebrate.
     
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  7. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I don't blame you a bit, take the night off.
     
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  8. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    That is worthy of celebration! I am not sure whether to thank you for sharing or mutter under my breath at you for making me want to try this.

    Thanks for sharing. It looks great. It may be in earlier post but are you planning to finish in a burst?
     
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  9. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    What glue was used to apply the veneer?
     

  10. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Very cool, if I didn't see it I never would believe you could stretch it to the contour without it splitting or puckering.
    Nice job
     
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  11. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    51
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I would a liked to have seen the stretching part.
     
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  12. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Contact cement , gel formula.

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  13. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    @sumran depending on how the sides turn out, perhaps. If there is nothing to hide I'd like to go as blonde as possible. Hoping for something in the golden oak range.
    If the sides need covering, the darker the burst.
     

  14. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    This was the hard side. I've laid down a veneer over a forearm contour. It's not as Sharpe. But I'll be using the "better" same technique today. More pics soon. @Bob the builder, oh it split. But I was hasty. There is a softening agent to apply. The veneer is soaked and drys over a few days.
     
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  15. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Hairline fractureson the right side. Filled with maple dust.
     

  16. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Is that the good sniffing kind too?
     
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  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Looking very good indeed. I'm so going to have a go...
     
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  18. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    wow. that stuff isnt easy to work with without damaging it.

    excellent work.
     
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  19. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Oh yes... We had all the fans running and doors open .
     
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  20. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Today's progress .., and regress. Here is the front. Which came out really well.

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    I promised you all the sides and, here there are.

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    I couldn't help but knock the edges down. It's still ugly but I can sand and fill as long as it takes .

    For the inside horns, I will patch with Birdseye and sand it flush. I call it a patch. Many patches to be done here.
     
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