The Tone Project

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 12-28-2009 07:19 PM 1753 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a new member here, I figured that I should share the project I am working on. I am by no means a luthier, or a highly skilled woodworker (yet). This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time.

It started by felling an ash tree a few years ago and getting it milled into boards. Here I am in my large workshop planing the boards to thickness. Note the fancy chip/dust collector.

Did my first bookmatch ever!

Made a core from maple.

glueing the back to the core.

And got this

Added a hole to access the electronics and cut out a cover for it

Since this is a long project I wanted to protect the wood, so I popped the grain and dyed it and did enough french polishing to fill the grain.

The neck was bought, I dyed it also and finished it with Tru-Oil, the headstock face is french polished.

I made up my own logo on the computer and printed it onto water transfer decal paper. I applied it to the headstock and buried it with french polishing.

I made a template and after many trial cuts, put in the neck pocket an installed the neck, in this photo there is no glue or screws holding the pieces together, just friction.

I am experimenting with some home made pickup surrounds, I am not sure of them yet.

Drilled through the body and installed the string ferrules

Installed the bridge.

This is what it looks like today. I got it playable, but still have a bunch of tweaking to do and routing for the pickups, installing the electronics.

Hope you enjoyed it, I have been working on it since April and it is now December. A long project, but I have done it as I could afford things.


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#1 posted 12-28-2009 09:57 PM

looks great! always wanted to take upon a project like this one. take your time, and enjoy the ride. so far so good – and even better!

thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 06:37 AM

Thanks for sharing that! Great job!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 06:41 AM

Looks good

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 06:14 PM

All the pics are gone :( This must be the project you are french polishing. I’d love to see some pics if you get a chance.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 03:36 AM

It looks great, thanks for refreshing the pics. Did you get the pickups? How does it sound?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 02:13 PM

I have a set of texas specials to put in it. I have been lazy about working on it of late. I have ruined 1 nut blank and have to start that over. I also have to route the pick up cavities, making a jig is part of the process. I have had it strung up and playing acoustically, it is bright and resonant as planned,

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