Telecaster build Progress
what’s your plan with the ferrules then, settled on that yet? Not sure what your plan was with the filler but wanted to let you know I’d tried to use filler in the past and if you try to drill near out the drill tends to go off course into the file bit.
@Tej I decided to leave the ferrules as they are and make the back as tidy as possible with filler, mixed with the stain I will use. This seems to work out just fine ( thats what I tested yesterday evening), as long as you don't expect the mishaps to be invisible. So I will keep the mistakes visible and go for a stain finish.
Did the router speed make a difference too?
I did not set my speed specifically on my router. The router cuts like butter. I used a bit with the bearing on the underside of the cutter and placed my template upside down. Just make sure you have enough room between your pickguard plate and the table/bench
Ahhh @koendb... I didn’t look at the photos close enough. It was before I fell asleep so I wasn’t paying enough attention 😆
Pratice on scrap...
Today was a good day! Sanded the complete body with 100, 150 and 240.
Call me crazy but I actually like sanding a guitarbody .. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided not to do the contour roundovers with a router, but instead, I did it with sanding paper 🙂
I fixed a bit the sloppyness in the back around the ferrules with 2 component wood filler, mixed with amber stain.
Some more sanding and grain filled ( mixed with yellow stain ) the sides of the body.
Raised the grain with a damp cloth after cleaning with naphta and sanded the whole body with 320. And applied yellow stain.
This is the result:
All the repairs and mishaps still visible, but I think it is ok for a first scratch build 🙂
I could not resist and did a quick mock up and I must say..
This is very close to what I had in mind before I started this build.
I am really happy with how this is coming together. Pitty for the few mistakes, but hey that s the way we learn.
Tomorrow I 'll put a few coats of shellac on it and assemble it again
Excellent job @koendb. I like the finish on it.
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