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Posted: 9/12/2023 7:21:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: Czechers]
Still sorting this out but took an old silverplate platter that was damaged and starting cutting a pickguard/ctrl plate.  Also looking for suggestions on how to cut the slider slot in the ctrl plate. I have a few more of these silverplate dishes i can use with a good amount of leftovers for truss rod covers and jack plates. i might do this for profit if it goes well enough.

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Link Posted: 9/12/2023 8:17:33 PM EST
[#1]
Interesting use of old trash. Looks like something from Lucky Dog or some other custom builder. Cant wait to see a finished product.
Link Posted: 9/13/2023 10:11:31 AM EST
[#2]
Originally Posted By Czechers:
Also looking for suggestions on how to cut the slider slot in the ctrl plate.
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CNC, of course.

The more typical way,  I believe, is to use a dremel with a router base attachment, setting up a guide block to run along to keep it straight. A trim router would also work in the same fashion.
Link Posted: 9/13/2023 10:19:40 AM EST
[#3]
Let me know if you figure it out, that looks cool.  I wouldn't mind buying a set if the price is right.
Link Posted: 9/13/2023 11:10:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By callmestick:
Let me know if you figure it out, that looks cool.  I wouldn't mind buying a set if the price is right.
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Yeah, I'm just sorting out the routing in metal right now.  My woodworking skills are pretty good.  I'm also testing some patina sheet metal for some pickguards.  Most of what I see online are DIY'ers but nothing offered commercially. Not sure if it makes more sense to have them hydrojet cut and then do finishing myself or not.
Link Posted: 9/13/2023 2:38:01 PM EST
[#5]
Well, I'm not sure about getting blanks made in silver but in other materials just draw them up and have sendcutsend.com cut them for you.

Then you'll just have to do finishing work on them.

On something high dollar like that with all that work already done, I'd for sure get it done on a CNC machining center or even an EDM.
Link Posted: 9/14/2023 9:58:35 AM EST
[#6]
Error I've already discovered.  Should have cut the circles for the control plate and neck pickup radii before cutting out pickguard from the original workpiece. Live and learn.
Link Posted: 9/14/2023 11:15:27 AM EST
[#7]
Because of the odd shape?  Not an issue - use painters tape and superglue for workholding, easy peasy.
Link Posted: 9/14/2023 3:07:06 PM EST
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Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
Because of the odd shape?  Not an issue - use painters tape and superglue for workholding, easy peasy.
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Yeah, for this one but would have been much easier to drill all those holes in large sheet to begin with.  Good idea though and I'll use it, thanks!
Link Posted: 9/15/2023 10:14:50 AM EST
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Plenty of youtube videos on how to do it from small at-home CNC guys but I do know professional level shops that use it.  Personally I've moved over to vaccum workholding with sandpaper or dowels in my shop but sometimes it just doesn't get faster than the ol' superglue trick.
Link Posted: 9/27/2023 11:35:44 AM EST
[#10]
Bump for updates.
Link Posted: 9/27/2023 1:26:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 03screwlariat:
Bump for updates.
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Working a lot of hours but finally got done additional dremel bits in.  I started drilling some sheet steel for some PG's then realized it was too thick at 20 ga.  22 would seem to be ideal. I'll finish out a couple of those for PG's then use the remainder for control plates. I really need a band saw. the one I bought used to build the last guitar body had some issues so I got rid of it. Probably have some pics by the end of this weekend.
Link Posted: 9/29/2023 9:19:45 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Czechers:

Working a lot of hours but finally got done additional dremel bits in.  I started drilling some sheet steel for some PG's then realized it was too thick at 20 ga.  22 would seem to be ideal. I'll finish out a couple of those for PG's then use the remainder for control plates. I really need a band saw. the one I bought used to build the last guitar body had some issues so I got rid of it. Probably have some pics by the end of this weekend.
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Thanks for the update.
Link Posted: 9/29/2023 2:00:47 PM EST
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Slowly sorting out what the most efficient way to cut different materials will be by hand. Still would consider doing some qty of steel with waterjet but the pieces of silverplate I've picked up will have to be done by bandsaw/jigsaw and shears to accomplish what i want.
Link Posted: 10/1/2023 12:51:02 PM EST
[#14]
Done...that slot in control plate was difficult to cut with tools on hand and i ended up hand filing to clean it up.

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Link Posted: 10/1/2023 4:58:11 PM EST
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Looks really nice.  In the machining world we often perform the highest dollar operations last to avoid this situation where you can scrap a really expensive part with a ton of time into it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2023 9:52:05 PM EST
[#16]
I like it!!

Link Posted: 10/15/2023 7:05:31 PM EST
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Damn! That's a cool idea I need me some of that for my tele!

Mines just a lightly hot-rodded Squier. Its already out of place looking in heavy music, and I need to make it look even more surf/country
Link Posted: 10/16/2023 9:30:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Liaztraht:
Damn! That's a cool idea I need me some of that for my tele!

Mines just a lightly hot-rodded Squier. Its already out of place looking in heavy music, and I need to make it look even more surf/country
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I've really gotten attached to this piece so I'll keep it but I am going to start making sheet steel pickguards in the vein of "rusty truck" finishes.

Link Posted: 10/16/2023 9:37:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Czechers:

I've really gotten attached to this piece so I'll keep it but I am going to start making sheet steel pickguards in the vein of "rusty truck" finishes.

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Originally Posted By Czechers:
Originally Posted By Liaztraht:
Damn! That's a cool idea I need me some of that for my tele!

Mines just a lightly hot-rodded Squier. Its already out of place looking in heavy music, and I need to make it look even more surf/country

I've really gotten attached to this piece so I'll keep it but I am going to start making sheet steel pickguards in the vein of "rusty truck" finishes.

I'm gonna hit up a thrift shop at some point. I'll keep an eye out for cool things like that.

I have a dremel, and lots of patience
Link Posted: 10/16/2023 1:20:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Czechers:
Done...that slot in control plate was difficult to cut with tools on hand and i ended up hand filing to clean it up.

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I’d be interested in one, I’ll even make your job easier because I play an esquire
Link Posted: 11/2/2023 11:26:37 AM EST
[#21]
Bump.
Link Posted: 11/4/2023 9:13:10 AM EST
[#22]
Sorry, not any real updates.  Started a new job which is eating up my time.  Good news is I should have a table sander and a band saw by the next update
Link Posted: 11/4/2023 12:36:15 PM EST
[#23]
That is cool, nice work.
Link Posted: 11/20/2023 8:49:43 PM EST
[#24]
Update...testing rust processes on the 20 ga steel PG.  Going to move to 22 ga. for these for ease of cutting. Just vinegar, salt, SE TX humidity. Also showing the rear of PG.

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Link Posted: 11/22/2023 1:17:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Czechers:
Update...testing rust processes on the 20 ga steel PG.  Going to move to 22 ga. for these for ease of cutting. Just vinegar, salt, SE TX humidity. Also showing the rear of PG.

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Nice. Thanks for the updates.
Link Posted: 12/20/2023 11:30:47 AM EST
[#26]
Bump.
Link Posted: 2/4/2024 9:10:11 AM EST
[#27]
Few weeks ago i sold the silverplate pg and ctrl plate on Reverb for an amount that would have been profitable if it wasnt handled like a prototype. It did sit for awhile on the site but feedback from buyer was good.
Contemplating making more at this point. I wont do it again without a new bandsaw and enough silver to make 5-10 of them.
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