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    The Arrival.

    The new Tele has arrived.

    It appears that the Grover chrome tuners are on backorder (Still listed as available on the website...best check before you buy.)........the rest is here. Nice.
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    Last edited by ozzbike; 14-12-2020 at 02:47 PM.
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    More bits.....

    And some more bits....and the Rebel P 90's...big pickups.
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    Sanding and shellac is done.....and more.

    I have sanded through the grades, cedar/blackwood flavoured ( ) timbermate on both the neck and body. Sanded to 240grit and then two light coats of the shellac I made....following somebody else's thread and tried a different ratio. The shellac has given everything a nice honey/amber hue.

    I note that the body has binding on the top edge but nothing at the back. So I trawled through lots of YouTubeness and thought I would have a go at making some FAUX BINDING around that back edge.

    I did some practice sizing on a piece of pine.....4mm on two sides gives you the square root of 32 mm on the long edge and I thought that would be close enough to a 1/4 inch round over bit in a router which I don't have. So starting at 120 grit and working back up to 320 grit I made a flat 45 degree angle between the lines....and then rounded it over.

    I have to say the taping up is worse than the sanding.....ouch.

    So the video made by the person with the most teeth suggested using two different based liquid materials on the body and the faux binding edge. A risk reduction strategy I can align with. He suggested, through many teeth, that a water based sanding sealer on the edge will not be effected by alcohol based dyes, which are what I intend to use.

    A trip through my wheely box of many things found this old girl....I actually got it from a Masters Hardware....wow. So it is water based...raid the childrens art brushes in Woolies and I am away.

    This has one coat on and will end today with two. It has been suggested...yes with teeth....that I apply about 6 coats.

    I am interested to see how this darker ratio shellac will react to the stains as I apply them. 30 degrees here now and fat me needs aircon.

    EDIT:- The headstock is from a Tele Thinline template I found in a pile I had saved on my computer. For the first time on a build I cut the back of the headstock to shape as per the template as well. I looks different.
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    Last edited by ozzbike; 19-12-2020 at 10:45 AM.
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    And two more lost pics.....

    two more pics.
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    Wishing you lots of luck with that.

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    This has one coat on and will end today with two. It has been suggested...yes with teeth....that I apply about 6 coats.
    I haven't used water based poly or Minwax full stop, but with my home-brew wipe-on poly, I do a minimum of 12 coats on necks.
    I switched to spraying my poly (thinned) with an airbrush or touch-up gun last year and I still apply 12+.

    I suppose it depends on what kind of feel you're going for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCreed View Post
    I haven't used water based poly or Minwax full stop, but with my home-brew wipe-on poly, I do a minimum of 12 coats on necks.
    I switched to spraying my poly (thinned) with an airbrush or touch-up gun last year and I still apply 12+.

    I suppose it depends on what kind of feel you're going for.
    This is only to create the faux binding edging. I will stain the front, side and back and then seal/clear coat/oil/wax a finish over that. I am still working on that.

    So at this stage it really is only to keep the edge defined and colour free naturally...I hope.

    I have read some other poor fellows build thread and his hassles with binding and hidden cracks and stain marks in binding. I think I will tape up the binding on the top edge and also run a few coats of the poly over the binding now....I think I will sand and polish/buff with steel wool first the binding and then paint on some poly on the side and the top edge.

    The thin top edge will be really hard to do and to keep the poly off the surface I need to stain. Wow....binding is such a wonderful thing to deal with.
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Sorry, I thought you were just talking about doing 6 coats of poly on the neck. Don't where I got that from.
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    Headstock stained, neck Tru oil....and first dribble of stain on body and sides.

    Lots of taping, paint brushing poly on edges and binding.....and we have a 3 coats tru oil neck with a maple stain headstock.

    The body has a single coat of maple on the front and a single coat of golden teak on the sides. I am yet to decide what to do with the back....thinking maybe one more shellac coat and then finish over the lot.

    I will sand the edges to 400 now....even out the tape lines....see what I have and then most likely run a very light coat of golden teak over again.

    The faux binding is doing its job....one photo you can see some stain on it....wiped straight off.

    The fingerboard is a quandary. Natural with some wax.....tru oil with some wax...spray with poly????

    I am thinking that the whole body will get spray gloss uv stabilised exterior Cabots Polyurethane.
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    The sides of the body.

    Some piccies of the sides....
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