Nicco's Lying-Around-Timber-o-Caster

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Nicco's Lying-Around-Timber-o-Caster

Post by nicco » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:39 pm

So I started off building a bass guitar back in 2017 but lost my mojo a bit after mucking up the fret board, steaming it off and then it cupping. :(

Anyway, I recently felt like I was getting keen to have another crack at making a guitar.

Given it's now more than 5 years since I did a week long electric guitar building course, that memory is starting to get a little hazy now too. I figured I'm probably best served by using old bits of timber I had lying around to do a test run. I'm aiming to make a telecaster type guitar.

First challenge I've set myself was to do the neck; that's the hard part, so if I can get that done, then I'll be able to do the rest.

I had an old qld maple (i think) neck and a qld something something fretboard blank lying around that I bought the weekend I finished the course. I never really feel in love with the fretboard blank (too brown for my liking) and I haven't had a way to cut the fret slots, so they sat for ages too.

First step was to work out how the hell to cut fret slots!

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Post by nicco » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:43 pm

So in the intervening years, one of the things I had done is started up a laser cut thingy side project. More just decorative stuff, so only thin material with a solid state laser, not a co2 laser that could chew through really serious material.

Anyway, i started off trying to make a template that I could use to cut with, but that got awkward.

Ended up designing myself a little mitre box with 3d printed spigots to hold a scale template in place. Worked a treat!

Photos to follow in a sec...

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Post by nicco » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:53 pm

Here are pictures of the mitre box. It worked a treat. Much better than I'd managed to do with any other method I could think of!

The orange rings were spacers to put under the far ends of the board while it was being cut to stop the whole lot over balancing
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Post by stevemc32 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:00 pm

Nice work, looks like it did the job well!

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Post by nicco » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:04 pm

Yeah, thanks Steve, very happy with how that turned out.

Next step was to thin it the fret board; the blank was a bit over 10mm thick when i started. I realise it would have been more logical to thin it out first, but cutting fret slots had me bluffed, so I figured I might as well cross that bridge first before bothering to go any further.

Then got the taper sorted and the get dot locations marked out.

Today I managed to do a couple of test dots; using the laser cutter timber for the dots so I don't need to buy any. Ha ha. The contrast actually worked well, I'm really happy with them.

Last step to catch up to the present time was getting the truss rod slot cut into the neck blank.

I'm only getting a couple of hours here and there to work on it, so it'll take a while to get done, but I'm super excited about working on a guitar again!
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Post by stevemc32 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:57 am

I have a friend who has offered to do some laser cutting for inlays but I was worried that the burn marks on the edges might be visible.

I can't tell from your photo, which is a good thing, but is there any burning or black outline on your dots after they've been placed and sanded flush?

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Post by kiwigeo » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:29 pm

nicco wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:53 pm
Here are pictures of the mitre box. It worked a treat. Much better than I'd managed to do with any other method I could think of!

The orange rings were spacers to put under the far ends of the board while it was being cut to stop the whole lot over balancing
I use a couple of clamps either side of the blade to hold the fretboard and jig fast to my bench.
Martin

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Post by nicco » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:21 pm

Hi Steve,

If you really look at it you can just see a dark ring on the dot, but I hadn't noticed it until you asked. I don't think it's going to be massively obvious under normal circumstances. Light wood on light wood would (how much wood would a wood chuck chuck, lol) probably show it a bit worse, but then you'd have no nice contrast.


Martin, yeah, clamping it would have worked. I ended up just holding it, it moved as one unit anyway

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Post by stevemc32 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:04 pm

Sounds good nicco, thanks for the info!

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