Barnaby's Hand Tool Tele

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  1. Barnaby

    Barnaby Premium Member

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    Right then…this is a tele-style build from scratch. There are two self-imposed rules. The first is that hand tools only shall be used in construction. The only exception is that a spray gun will probably be used to apply lacquer at the end. The second rule is that I shall attempt to complete the guitar in the white in one month - while working six days a week in my real job.

    The body will be a solid piece of Japanese pine, known as ‘matsuri’. It will be bound on the top with tortoiseshell, and there might a belly contour to make it lighter and perhaps more comfortable to play. Following TKO’s amazing double cut build, there will probably be some lamination of binding as well.

    The neck will be birdseye maple with either a Macassar ebony or rosewood fingerboard, inlaid with 6mm paua abalone dots. The fingerboard will probably not be bound. I will also wind the pickups, make the nut and construct the electronics myself.

    The neck blank is pre-cut to the rough outline, which will save me about three or four hours, I would guess. I bought it from a guy in the US who has had it sitting in his workshop for ten years, so it is nice and straight.

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    It will need some serious work to finish, but a little head start is always nice. :D

    The reason why this guitar will be left in the white is because there is a lot of humidity here in Japan in July. Finishing it then would possibly result in bubbles in the lacquer and other issues. Therefore, I will wait until September or October. I may have another one ready for spraying by that point as well if I am lucky.

    This instrument is for a friend. He’s a blues and jazz player for the most part and has always wanted a tele. Over beers one night, he asked me if I’d give it a shot, and…here we go!

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    Here is the wood for the bodies. I cut it up into blanks a month or so ago using a Japanese saw. I wound up with three blanks and a long piece that will be jointed and turned into another body.

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    I sent my friend photos of all three blanks and this is the one he chose. It has a knot, but I will fill it with epoxy. It will be on the back so that the grain will be visible.

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    Hi Barnaby, Nice !

    Just a heads up - White can be a pain to spray, any bug or piece of dust landing on the drying body will be visible... Ive been there before, never again..

    Unless i misunderstood the term "in the white".. ? Lol
     
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    Looking forward to watching this'un grow too, Barn. You should link your other thread for new folk who see you here first.

    And I think, Fletch123, when he says "leave it in the white" he means unfinished.
     
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    Thanks, man. Looking forward to this build...and...

    ...this is right. By 'in the white', I mean unfinished. Final lacquering will happen later this year. Thus, it'll be a fast build, but a slow payoff.

    Unless, of course, the weather is OK. Then, maybe, it'll be finished completely pretty quickly. :thumb:

    Good point on the link - for people who are interested in hand tool builds, the second build thread in my signature might be of some interest. Don't worry. It's a short thread with only a couple of pages of posts. :D
     
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  7. Barnaby

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    Not too sure, but the sap in that stuff can be a pain to cover....Just watch out man, especially the knots....

    Sure it'll look killer in the end....:dude:

    私を信じて、私は完全にこのスレッドに購読している

    (I think..!:D)
     
  9. Barnaby

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    そうですね!:D

    たぶんちょっと奇妙な日本語。。。おもしろいい。。。:applause:

    I'm thinking of using an epoxy hardener for the pine, and it might make the finishing easier too. Thoughts?
     
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    On to templates. This one is made of thin MDF, as it really only acts as a reference. I’m not using a router, so am pretty much free to do things however I want.

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    The body was cut out using a bowsaw. This is much faster than a coping saw. I used a 12 tpi blade. My technique needs practice, but I got the shape cut out relatively neatly in the end. You can see me using the template as a sort of rough safety guide.

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    Only a little more sanding needed than if I had used a bandsaw! :D
     
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    Looks like you'll beat me with the Jazzer....:D

    Very nice grain...!!

    Just leave it as it is, nail some pickups on and screw a neck to it and you've realised Leo's dream....
     
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    Ooooh yes yet another thread involving guitars, funny conversations about Japan and japanese woman with lots of...erm...lots of 'character'?
     
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    dejavu!...i,m along for the ride
     
  14. Barnaby

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    Wouldn't be the same without ya!

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    a new barnaby thread... insta-subscribe! :cool:

    why don't go for a little scultpuring?
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    Ah Barnaby....had a grin from ear to ear when I saw the thread title!
    Best of luck, this will be just as fun to watch as the lester build.
    Wait.....tortoise shell? :wow:Really? :cool: Please say it ain't so
     
  18. Barnaby

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    :shock::wow::shock:

    Next time? That looks a little beyond me right now...although I could have fun finding a model here to pose for the sculpture. :naughty:

    Glad you're along for this one too. :D

    Thanks! :D

    What? You don't like tortoise on a tele? Not real, of course. I wouldn't ever raise a hand against our testudinidaeic cousins.

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    here we go again! :laugh2: :dude:
     
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    Go Barn Go!
    Looking forward to this one.
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