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Working with Walnut

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Smelf36, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    Assuming you have full size tuner holes already:
    Common woodworking practice would be to clamp a piece of scrap wood on top of the veneer to prevent chipping/tearout. Then back drill fom the other side. Don't drill full size. Use a rat tail file and slowly open up the holes to full size.
     
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  2. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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    I’m glad you posted this, it’s exactly what I was thinking so that’s reassuring, cheers
     

  3. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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  4. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I bet there was a huge sigh of relief when that was done! :)
     

  5. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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    Ha yep, veeery slowly with a hand drill lol and even slower to reem them out to just under 10mm, the pre drilled holes were only 8mm which is no good for the tuners I’ve got in mind
     

  6. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jul 27, 2012
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    Titebond is good stuff for guitars, especially if gluing on a part that you might have to remove one day to replace.

    I have not worked with walnut, but I do know that it is often used in mountain dulcimers. It is traditional to use local wood types for those.
     
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  7. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

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    Dec 24, 2013
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  8. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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    That’s nice! what did you finish it with?
     

  9. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks. I started with Tru-Oil and didn't bother to grain fill or wet sand the Tru-Oil in. Then it sat around for a bit before I got to it again. When I cam back to it, I just spray a few wet coats of lacquer, then cured and buffed. It has hints of the grain, almost like old nitro guitars get as the finish shrinks. Looks pretty cool. The back of the neck is the best part. Neck was Tru-Oil only.

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  10. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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    Interesting, so you lacquered over the tru oil, Nitro lacquer?? I like that idea as it would kinda seal the binding in. That neck is beautiful
     

  11. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

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    DF929A53-CBED-4B41-9A2F-DEBB3B448EF6.jpeg Pick up and control cavities routed. Might be while now before I can update again as I have to wait and see if Santa brings me any of the goodies needed to finish it
     
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