Bunks First Build.

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  1. Bunkatronic

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    Hi to everyone at SSO, I’m Bunk.

    I’ve lurked this forum for many years and after a lots of research, video watching and inspiration from this forum I have finally found the courage to actually go ahead and start my first build. Thought I’d start a Thread to keep track of everything’s progress and get feedback. I’m not a total stranger to woodwork so I have chosen to build something I think will be doable but still challenging for my skill and equipment level. That said if I’m making any really glaring errors or you have any advice please chip in! I’m all ears!

    So, the build! 26.5 scale Seven string telecaster with a reversed head stock.

    Materials: I have a telecaster body blank from years ago that I should be able to use in some form or another for the build. I think it’s ash but i’m not 100% on that, I will upload a picture to get verification. The top will be poplar burl as pictured, the neck will be a flamed/Curly maple (I’m not exactly sure what cut the blank is, I did ask for quarter-sawn and you can see it in the pictures so someone might be able to confirm this for me?) The neck with be laminated with 2 x 2mm wenge stripes and will have 2 carbon fibre strengthening rods as well as a 2 way truss rod. The fret board will be Birdseye maple and the head stock will have a flamed maple veneer from the neck blank offcut as I had to buy an extra long blank.

    For finish I’m thinking I will stain the poplar burl top a black/ dark silver-grey burst, finishing really black at the edges and then clear coat and polish the top. I thought clear-coating and polishing the top but then everything on the body from the binding back would be oiled to give it a more natural feel. I’m not sure if this is the done thing, it just seemed like a cool idea, open to suggestions on this. Everything including neck and headstock will have an off white binding.

    I’ve ordered some templates from a company for a 26.5 inch scale 7 string body and neck as it had the scale I wanted as soon as they turn up I’ll get cracking. I will reduce the body thickness down though to get rid of some of the weight on the body.

    Pickups I’ll be going for bare knuckle impulses or nailbomb 7’s as I’ve heard both of these in the flesh in lower tunings and really liked both. I’ve already got the BKP pot, switch and wiring set I just need to grab the pickups and a hipshot 7 bridge later on down the line all hardware in black of course :)

    I’ve attached a picture of some of the wood I have so far. My iPhone seems to have crapped out a bit with the picture but you get the idea.

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    Hope to hear from any of you with questions or tips, I’m sure there’s tonnes of stuff I haven’t thought about. My Provisional name for this project is "Doomcaster" hehehe

    Bunk
     
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    Welcome!

    Superb wood choices there dude, looking forward to seeing the build come together :)
     
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    Welcome! But, if you have decent wood working skills, I feel like you're missing an opportunity here. Hear me out: "Bunk's Bunks - YOUR exotic wood bunk bed source. Since 2018. Because the hardest decision is top or bottom - not where to buy your best bunk!"
     
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    Hahahaha incredible, why did I not think of this!
     
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    *Edit, sat in a costa updating this and didn’t realise photobucket would fail so miserably on mobile so will update pics when I am home* A quick update, I’ve started the first steps building the neck. My bandsaw was in a pretty bad state and needed a new blade and a lot of fiddling with but I finally got it cutting right again. This is the result, maple/ wenge laminate blank. I’m super happy with how accurate the saw cut this, don’t think I’ve held my breath for so long befor ewhikst doing a cut haha. I’m going to glue and clamp this tonight with some epoxy then mark all locations for routering.
     
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    So here is the photo of the woods for the neck cut and placed together.
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    I read a tip for Burled tops that said if you put on a coat of epoxy on the whole back side, then take it back it adds a bit of extra stability. The grain came up nicely in this process, starting to get me excited for staining.

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    I realised that the telecaster body I wanted to use would never fit properly with a seven string neck so had the idea of using a bit of walnut I had to make a couple of stripes that would run through the body and give me the extra room to re-carve the neck pocket heel shape, move the bolt holes. pickups etc. The body is going to be 32-34mm overall thickness with a top of 6/8mm depending on how much I have to take off the top to get it looking nice so I put all of the bits back through and thicknessed them so everything sits now at 26mm thick.
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    Clamping the neck up after gluing. I did not anticipate how messy this would be. Hopefully the clamps give enough pressure.

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    Oh nice! Looking great.
     
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    Nice job on the neck blank, oh how I wish I could do multi lam necks.
     
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    Thanks dude! Although i'd say you could definitely do your own mate, my bandsaw is only a £100 bandsaw that's about 2 years old so you can pick up similar ones on eBay or Fb marketplace for £50/£60 plus a fresh blade which is about £18. So its well on the budget end but I just followed a load of videos on how to set it up properly and cut very slow.
     
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    I think I would probably prefer to do it on a table saw with an angle fence, but I'm pretty much out of space in my little 70's one car garage so I might have to try doing it by hand.
     
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    you can definitely do it on a table saw. I made a 5 pc maple/walnut neck a while back that way.
     
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    I've done it on a table saw (groove one side, groove the other, saw the rest by hand). Worked fine.
     
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    Bit more progress on the guitar while the car is in the garage today. The top is on, the body front is routered I just need to do the back control cavities. Possibly going to put a little belly carve in there as well. Then add the binding. Weird thing is that the more I took off of the burl top the less the grain matched. Maybe it means I got two pieces that weren’t matched properly? still looks cool to me anyway.

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    Bit of a disaster with the fretboard though the router bit on some end grain and tore a chunk out :( ordered another blank today.

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    This build is looking very promising! I also want my first full build to be a 7 string tele. Sorry about the fret board maybe you could still salvage it for a 6 string instead. Looks great so far man! What are you thinking for finish options?
     
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    Thanks Man!
    So plan is to do a dark black burst stain on the front and back with a very dark black stain on the sides. White binding and i'm thinking i'll gloss coat the front and oil finish the sides and back (i still need to research the oil finish over stain). I really like the idea of just the front being nice and gloss and the back being relatively natural. I think the binding will make a good border between the two finishes.
     
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    Two things: One, you're trying to take off way too much wood at once, it looks like. Also, I STRONGLY suggest investing in a spiral bit. You will virtually eliminate tearout issues, as long as you don't try to do too much at once. They rout any wood like butter.
     
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    I think what happened was a lapse in thought process as I was push cutting the whole way up until this point when I didn't think about bit direction and essentially started a climb-cut on the corner end grain causing this mess lol. I'll definitely be taking it much slower next time! i'll definitely check out the spiral bits too.
     
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    Also highly recommend sanding as close to your cut line as possible before routing. Spindle sanders are your best friend. +1 for the spiral bit...changed my life
     
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    Made some progress yesterday. Managed to get through some of the bigger challenges I was worried about with minimal fuss, the advice with close sanding meant I got my new fretboard piece cut perfect so thanks to all for the advice on that.

    Neck fit, excuse the messy workspace!

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    Starting to shape the neck slowly
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    headstock rough shape, but thicknessed correctly
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    Looking very nice!!!
     

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