I finished putting drawers in the workbench back in November, but neglected to post anything about it at the time.
Oh, I do not like this new WordPress editor. Ah; found the old one. That’s better. I prefer to see the controls available to me, thank you very much.
It’s as done as any mass-market instrument you’d buy in a store, only more expensive and lower quality. Materials info after the jump.
the side no one looks at
I thought this was a good idea, but it turned out less than great.
They say the back side is for the player.
Not much visible progress. Doing the French polish thing.
Everything looks better with proper lighting.
It looks a lot better in photos than in person. It’s only shiny if you get the light hitting it just right.
Not a lot of progress, what with holidays, vacation, and other projects. Although many are restricted to their homes and not working, I’m still putting in 40 hours a week. It’s just from my dining table instead of an office.
As noted last time, I forgot to leave a way to get the ground wire from the bridge to the control cavity. So here’s that done:
Bass body with new (and improved?) holes.
Strung up in the white. This way I can get a rough setup and look for major problems.
Still needs all the wiry stuff.
What lousy photo composition. It’s not something I’m good at. Should have taken it outside, but I want the wood to acclimate to indoor temperature and humidity. (The neck made a nice hygrometer in the garage.)
I’ve attached the neck, so I guess it’s officially a guitar-shaped object now.
Well, it looks like a bass.
Had some time over the weekend to make some more progress. The combination of fretwire that matches the slot width, combined with a proper fretting hammer (seen in the first photo) made this probably the easiest fret installation I’ve done so far.
Frets being installed
I drilled tuner holes. But first I had to order a 14mm brad-point bit. (Well, it didn’t have to be brad-point, but they work a lot better for this application.)
Hmm, this might not be a genuine made-in-Austria Fisch. New bit on the left, an older one on the right.
Finally got around to gluing the plate on the headstock. To be trimmed later. Pretty sure it’s padouk. I know it’s left over from a previous uke build.
Need more clamps.