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AJ’s custom Stratocaster – day 4

The glue and epoxy are cured, so I got out my smoothing plane. I took my time planing the rays one or two at a time, taking care not to go against the grain. I kept bumping into the letters so I moved up to plane them down before finishing the rays.

Planing down the maple

Planing down the maple

 

All planed flat

All planed flat

With the surface smooth and flat, I am going to cut out the pick-up pockets. Since I have a small drill press, I need to cut the board down close to the guitar body. I don’t want to cut out the entire body just yet. I need the large flat surface to rest the router on when I cut out the pocket for the neck and the controls.

Cutting down the sides

Cutting down the sides

 

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

I use my 3/4″ forstener bit to give me the rounded edge of each pocket.

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

 

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

Drilling out the pick-up pockets

While I am at it, I go ahead and cut out as much of the pocket as possible.

Drilled everything that could be reached

Drilled everything that could be reached

 

1/4" spiral up-cut bit

1/4″ spiral up-cut bit

I will use my 1/4″ spiral up-cut bit to freehand cut the rest of the pockets. I set it to the full 1″ depth. The spiral up-cut bit does a good job of removing a lot of material in one shot.

Pockets routed

Pockets routed

With the pockets cut, I decide to put a bit more epoxy over the inlays to fill any voids that were missed the last time around.

Second coat of epoxy

Second coat of epoxy

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