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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by lukido86, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. mistermikev

    mistermikev Strat-Talker

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    tru dat. really has a lot of great uses - whenever you have to ride a small edge - cutting the neck to shape, doing the hog out on a thinline, I even use it to put the angle in headstocks - have a 'box' that I can tilt to whatever degree and the big plexi rides the edges of said box. I 'spose it's fairly obvious advice... but then that's why they call me cap'n obvious!
     
  2. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Progress of the day : the body shape is routed, the controls and jack socket cavities are done.

    Next step: neck pocket or tremolo block cavity.

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  3. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    All the cavities are done !

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  4. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Now we have something rounded

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  5. lukido86

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    Now we have something forearm-friendly

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    KoreGeneral Strat-Talker

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    Impressive, subscribed
     
  7. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    The technique I use is

    Make some notches
    Flatten everything
    Repeat

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  8. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Thank you
     
  9. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Getting closer, I find the picture fun

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  10. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Looks like you squeezed finger impressions into the guitar. One heck of a grip. ;)
     
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  11. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Now we have something belly-friendly

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    It is looking well! :)
     
  13. lukido86

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    I will paint it with a plain color but the grain is nice !

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  14. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Maybe go for a transparent color? That would allow grain ogling.
     
  15. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    I need to hide some mistakes :) And I want a graffiti yellow so bad
     
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  16. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Now we have a truss rod Channel

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    Great work! I always do my trussrod routes while the blank still has straight edges as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Eric
     
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  18. lukido86

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    Thanks
    I used my hand router with a parallel guide, so yes, straight edges, but also one parallel (to the center line) edge at least as well. In fact the neck board was not wide enough to use the guide against it, I used the edge of my workbench.
     
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    Ingenuity. Where there is a will there is a way! I usually route a handful at a time when I am doing them so I set up my router table & knock them out. Route 1- 3/4" from the low e edge.

    The only additional I would add is I go ahead and route a adjuster access hole about .28 deep with a 5/16 bowl bit. After shave down the head stock for thickness, and before I glue on the fretboard, I use a 1/4" round file to file at an angle from the route to just above the bottom of the truss rod route.

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    Eric
     
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  20. lukido86

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    Bad news : the neck board is ruined.

    I routed the neck shape with a template + a copy bit (having a bearing on top), but the shape is smaller than expected.

    Why ? Because I bought a new router bit to avoid burning and tear-out. But the damn thing has a bearing slightly smaller than the cutting diameter...
    So the router bit ate some non expected material at each pass, including both the template and the neck board.
    As a result the neck board is about 1 mm smaller than expected. The heal and the nut are ruined for example.

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    This was not my master template, at least I can redo the process. I need another maple board now.

    I will focus on the body finish (sanding...) for now.

    What a waste of time !
     
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