Deegatron's 2019 Summer Build Challenge

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Deegatron, Apr 15, 2019.

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    wow i'd love to see how you built that radius jig! incredible stuff!
     
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    The melamine base was made on the table saw.
    Everything else was cut out on my mini CNC. (for repeatability, so I can swap out the side rails to change the radius.)
    I stole the design off the internet and just tweaked it to work with my build style, so I cant exactly take much credit for it.
     
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    Feeling kinda cute... might hammer some frets later. IDK....

    Just kidding, already hammered em.
    Tried to press em but had some issues getting the middle to go down cuz of the multiscale. anyone else had this issue? I had much better luck straight hammering em vs pressing.

    anyways, I neglected to get a photo of the neck after fretting so here are some funny meme's I've been saving....
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    Got the rest of the frets hammered in and then started on the tedious task of filing down the fret ends flush.
    and here we are. and fretted up and ready to start carving....
    But I cant start carving because I don't know exactly where the neck to body transition area needs to be... so it's time to switch work back to the body for a while....
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    Spent an hour last night making a neck pocket template....
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    All that's left now is to calculate my neck pocket depth and route the neck cavity. then I can redraw the body center line and do pickup cavities and bridge holes.
    I'm starting to get down to the finicky shit.... feeling the time crunch tho as I need to allow time for finishing before the deadline.... I'll make it but it's gonna be close....
     
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    Super productive weekend!!!!
    I managed to route the neck pocket + pickup routes + drill for the bridge & string through holes + my front face plate + the rear string retainer + I got started on the brass string retainer. I'm pushing hard to try to get the body ready for paint. just a few small steps left before I'm ready for final sanding.....
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    Aiet,
    Here we go with the progress pics.
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    Neck pocket and pickup routes cut. I still needed to deepen the bridge pickup route a little good lord was that a gong show.... : (

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    Trial fitup of the neck. fits nice and tight as expected.
    No pics of the bridge holes. not a lot to see there anyways.

    Moved on to the string anchor.
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    Cut it out on the band saw (took fucking forever.... we're talking like an hour of cutting. not sure where it came from (was sitting in my parts bin) but this brass is freaking hard as hell...
    Sanded the outside profile smooth and to shape on my ghetto belt sander contraption.... LOL....
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    And this is why we
    TEST ON FREAKING SCRAP!!!!!!
    forgot to offset for the size of the cutter so my slot was exactly 1/2" too long. luckily was only the scrap that was ruined.
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    2nd time around was much better.
    it fit in the template but was too tight in the actual body wood. no clue how that freaking happened.
    I'll just need to sand the outside profile of the brass plug a little to fit. no biggie. takes forever but whatever.
    I made the slot a little deeper than the brass plug. thinking it'd be nice to have it recessed and do a little 45 deg chamfer on the edges. hopefully it doesn't look too terrible.
    I'm going to glue the plug in and paint over it. I had considered making it removable but this option is much easier and safer... I just need to remember to run a ground line before I glue it in....
     
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    Pretty sweet man! Why not put 2 counter sunk screws in between the 2nd and 3rd string and 4th and 5th string that way it is still removeable?
     
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    That was plan B.
    My only issue with doing it that way is getting a nice tight fitup. I'll have to account for the thickness of the paint on the body and the thickness of the paint on the string anchor (I'd like to paint that black as well.)
    I don't have a lot of experience with paint so I'm a little gun shy....
     
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    Aiet Defyantly.
    I hope your happy! I caved to peer pressure.
    Fully removable using 2 small screws.
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    :fever: Haha your welcome!
     
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    Whooaaaa! Brilliant work... :agreed:
     
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    Small teaser. At this point I'm ALMOST ready to start paint....
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    Damn, Deeg, looking clean!
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    dang dude. Beautiful.
     
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    Welp. this happened.
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    It's 100% not the look I was going for but I'm absolutely in love.... what a happy little accident.
    I've got a few spots that I need to sand back to get rid of the filler as it shows up differently than the bare wood... shouldn't be a problem tho.
    I've got a can of Matt/flat clear to clear over with but I'm tempted not to use it as I love this look soo much.
    I'm going to have to test on scrap and see how it looks....
    here's the front too...
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    It's maple so it came out a little different. This side definitely needs the matt clear I think.....
     
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    handrubbed oil man! It will just make that whole thing pop even more!
     
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    I've got some tung oil sealer.... that finishes a little matt/satin....
    looks like I've got some testing on scrap to do....
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    This has me very excited to see where this finish goes.
     
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    looks pretty rad. I'm certainly excited to see how the body turns out, but could you possibly post the outcomes/finishing methods of some of the finished scrap you end up choosing from?
     
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    well, I went ahead and attempted to repair the spots where the filler was showing through.
    sandback went fine but the respray did not go as planned.
    The repaired area's don't match the unrepaired area's at all. I'm about done with this....
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    Tonight is 100% sandback
    Looks like i'll need to set the body aside for a while as it'll be high humidity for the next week or so.
    should give me some time to reflect on my poor life choices, do some scrap tests and make decisions about topcoat.
     
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    Bummer dude. Got any pics of the "error"?
     

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