Tele body question

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  1. Fndrman

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    I am making a Tele body from scratch, which means gluing two boards together. My dilema is this...when I glue the boards together, there will be a small gap in the boards. How do I fix that...do I use wood filler or do I try to get the sides as flat as possible? As far as strength goes, what type of glue should I use, and should I use dowels to strengthen it? I've never done this before and any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    As OTM said, but you'd probably run the boards trough a jointer to edge glue them. Use any quality wood glue - Titebond is popular. Don't use dowels or even worry about reinforcements - the glue will do just fine. Every glue joint actually breaks up sound waves somewhat making for a more homogenous tonal response than a single-piece body.
     
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    When you say upper and lower, do you mean the front and back of the plank?
     
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    This might sound like a dumb question, but what is a jointer, and how would I use one on this piece?
     
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    A jointer is a machine that cuts the thickness on a piece of wood. It has a fence rinngin perpendicular to the cutting blade to keep the work straight and flat. The cutter takes thousanths of inches at a time to make the sides flat - so whan you hold the two pieces up to eachother they are perfectly flat.

    Don't worry about loosing any tone - Almost every guitar or the modern era has been made of at least two pieces of wood - because single pieces are too hard to find and too expensive.

    Fender, Gubson, and Paul Ried Smith use multipe pieces of wood. Gibson's are usually 5 - 6 seperate jointed and planed pieces.
     
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    Take the boards to a cabinet shop and ask them to joint a square edge on your boards. Tell them what you are doing. They might charge you $20.
     

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