LP Build #2 (Eastern Maple Carved Top content)

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  1. 73Custom

    73Custom Senior Member

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    Here's my first build (still underway, but getting there) where i decided to practice with cedar and aspen (home depot exotic woods, lol) so i could gain some skill before touching mahogany and maple... It didn't start as a build thread, but it turned into one...

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthiers-corner/70871-template-advice-needed.html

    anyway, here's the carved top i bought for this build.

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    here's my stewmac ebony fretboard and mop inlays...

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    this is what i am thinking about doing with the colors...

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    The Plan:
    Mahogany Body (one piece blank, purchased from HC member)
    Mahogany Neck 24.75" (blank purchased from Grizzly)
    Maple Top (pre-carved flame top purchased from Eastern Maple Carved Tops, Thanks Tom !!! :thumb:)
    Ebony Fretboard (Stewmac)
    Custom Style Inlays (Stewmac)
    Holly Headstock Veneer (Eastern Maple Carved Tops)
    Bone Nut

    Not sure on hardware or pickups yet...

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  2. 73Custom

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    here's the neck blank from Grizzly... enough for two necks... :thumb:
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  3. 73Custom

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    inlays numbered and laid out on the ebony board
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    shaved the back of the board down until it was about 3/16" thick. i collected the sawdust to use to make filler later.
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    taped up and ready to go
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    i centered the inlay and drew an outline of it.
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    next i used a razor blade to score the board and cut away the tape.
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    aligned a straight edge to help the dremel cut clean and straight...
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    1st inlay slot cut...
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  4. 73Custom

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    inlay work...

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    in the meantime, i did a very rough cut on the neck...

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    inlays cut, fret slots covered, ready for ebony filler...

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    the magic goop: testers model cement and left over ebony sawdust...

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    all the gaps filled and drying...

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    ready to trim to size and sand the filler and inlays down to the 12" radius...

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  7. 73Custom

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    trimming the fretboard using my table saw. i use double sided rug carpet tape to hold the board in place.

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    then i created a jig to keep the radius block on center while sanding the inlays down to meet the board. again, double sided rug carpet tape to hold the board in place.

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    i went from 100 grit up to 800 grit. you can see at first it's a lot of inlay coming off. sand paper is held to the radius board with double sided carpet tape, deja vu... (just wait, all the templates for routing are held with the stuff too, lol)

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    after a while with the 100 grit i start to get the inlays leveled down to the board... i have as much ebony coming off as MOP...

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    here's the trimmed and sanded ebony with a little lemon oil rubbed on it...

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    next i bent some fret wire to a 12" radius using my handy, dandy homemade fret bender...

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    finished fret wire...

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    btw, if you are interested in how to build the fret wire bender following this link. i wasn't gonna pay $100 from stewmac and an HC member pointed me to these plans... i used sander paper and double sided tape instead of the outdoor tread tape and the whole thing cost me about $18.....

    Make Your Own Inexpensive Fret Bender
     
  8. 73Custom

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    btw, I owed credit to Scott (Ex-Nihilo), Fletch and other builders here to some of the ideas, jigs, etc..., you see in this build...

    So thanks guys for your build threads and videos...
     
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    Cool man! Another build. :thumb:

    Looks great so far.

    I'm rounding up stuff to hopefully do another build, maybe two at the same time. :fingersx: Hopefully soon.
     
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    chamfering(beveling) the slots prior to fretting... just one or two drags of the file does it...

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    fretting has begun. use the fret cutters to cut the fret wire...

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    i use a fret hammer to seat the fret wire...

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    and then some fret pullers to remove the fret, add superglue and press back in place.

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    board is prepared for glue and the press...

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    i use gel superglue, much cleaner and less runs.... ;)

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  11. JonMan94

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    damn.... good job dude!!
     
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    here is the three drops of gel superglue...

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    tapped back in with the hammer and then pressed...

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    quickly wipe the glue off the fretboard before it dries...

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    once they are all glued, reset and pressed, it's time to trim the edges.

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    finished :D

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    thanks guys... :dude:
     
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    next up, glue on a white binding to the ebony board...

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    the binding glued up... next is knocking it down between the frets to form the nibs...

    btw, i just used the superglue gel for the binding...

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    Really Nice 73Custom! I can tell that your first build has given you a lot of confidence.:thumb:
     
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    here's the technique i use to cut down the binding and create the nibs... thanks Ex-Nihilo

    first i stick a dremel bit in backwards into the dremel...

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    then i wrap the end of the exposed bit with tape to protect the fretboard. leave just about 1/8" of the bit exposed...

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    i stole this picture from ex-nihilo (giving creadit where it is due), but this is the final step in bringing the binding down even with the fretboard...

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    and now my mahogony...

    my 1 piece mahogany body... :thumb:

    some sexy wood !!! and heavy...

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    thanks man... and you are very correct about the first build and i am extremely happy i did that one first... :thumb:

    i am really enjoying myself :applause:
     
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    Wow, you like the Lightning!!You don't waist any time. I really like your design approach for the build. I think the red top is going to be very cool.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2iss1SrC5I]YouTube - Leveling Neck Binding[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcIeR-drQDI]YouTube - Scraping a Neck Binding[/ame]

    and one more pic from the side after the razor scraping...

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    this is all followed up with a fret file to help shape the nibs and then some 220 grit sandpaper and then 400 grit to finish everything off...

    be careful with the sandpaper. if you stay in one place too long you will melt the binding... ;)

    first i angle the binding over the frets with a flat file...

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    next, i use a fret file bring the binding down to fret level....

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    after a little sanding with the 220 grit...

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    still have to go back and clean up the fretboard and do a little more sanding...

    then further down the line after applying the binding to the body of the guitar, i will create a acetone/binding glue dubbed "binding goop" by some HC member. not only is that good used to glue on the body binding, but it's great for filling in little spots on the binding that might need filling...

    there a few where i hit the binding with the dremel chuck. later in the thread i will fill those and sand them to invisible :thumb:
     
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    Nice job dude! Looks great. man when you realize all the money you need for tools for this it's nuts! Looking foward to the rest man.
     

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