F I N K B U I L T

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

drano
Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste




Grizzly Telecaster Kit

telecaster kit

I had such a blast putting together the Grizzly Uke kit a few years back, that I thought I would try my hand at a guitar. Having always admired the iconic Fender Telecaster, i ordered myself the Tele’ kit from Grizzly for $129.

If you hanker for a Telecaster kit, you are not limited to Grizzly. There is also a tele kit made by Saga. I considered both kits, but ultimately chose the Grizzly over the Saga for a couple of reasons. The Grizzly has an alder body, while the Saga is basswood. Secondly, the bridge that comes with the Saga is not suitable for a string-through-body setup, while the grizzly is.

The Kit

Well, the parts look great. I checked out the Saga kit at a guitar shop before I ordered this one, and I have to say the Grizzly looks superior. This thing should make for a pretty nice guitar. Who knows how the pickups will perform, but I’m not a serious player, I’m sure it will sound twang-a-rific to me.

The Ambition

While i was looking around at Telecasters, I came across the most stunning Deluxe American Telecaster, and my direction was set. Check out this Flickr set to get an idea of the finish that I am going for. And really, I think that 90% of the work is going to go into achieving the finish. Assembly and set-up are trivial compared to the finish work.

So, I also placed an order to Stewart-Macdonald for some white plastic edge-binding, and a can each of Vintage Amber and Cherry Red Nitro Lacquer spray cans. I can source the clear lacquer locally.

Aside from getting a nice looking polished cherryburst lacquer finish, the most challenging part will be installing an edge binding. The body comes pre-sanded, with a radius at the edge. In order to get a square edge to install the binding correctly, I will have to plane about 1/8” off the top of the guitar. I then plan to laminate a piece of 1/8” birch ply to the top to regain the thickness, topped by a flame maple veneer.

Headstock

These kits come with a big flag of a blank headstock that allows you to come up with your own design. I have never really been a fan of the shrunken, vestigial-looking Telecaster headstock, so I sketched one out that was a little more Strat-like (but a little different) and cut it out on the band saw.

telecaster kit
telecaster kit
telecaster kit
telecaster kit
telecaster kit
telecaster kit

Next up: Laminating and binding the top.

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