Truss rod slot and intonation

Routed the truss rod slot for the bass.

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1/4″ wide by 3/8″ deep, and all I did was use a straight bit in the router table. Took 4 or 5 passes and came out pretty clean. I squared up the body end with a chisel but didn’t take a close-up photo. It’ll be hidden anyway.

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It’s just a bit deeper than it needs to be – maybe 1/32″. I still need to widen the headstock end for the adjustment nut. Not sure whether I want to use a 3/8″ round-nose router bit, or a round file and do it by hand.

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On a side note, it seems that Rocksmith 2014 is a lot pickier about intonation than I am. I know I’m 10 cents sharp at the 17th fret or so, but that’s enough for the software to detect it as a wrong note. So I’m starting to work on correcting it – note the lack of a spring on the low E string above.

Yeah, the real fix is to move the bridge back about a half-inch, but that would mean a new pick guard, and you’ll notice that the output jack is in the way. This was built during a class, and the real lesson is to make sure everything fits the way you want it before cutting holes. Also, check to see that they didn’t send you a Mustang neck instead of a Strat neck by mistake.

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Hand resawing. Possible but not recommended.

body split

That took what seemed like forever.

 

Not the greatest job; here’s where I had some blade wandering. This may need the Saf-T-Planer to clean it up.tearout

 

And here’s the piece that was cut off. I’ll use it to make a control cavity cover. At least that’s the plan.thin part split

Carousel repair

Not much on the bass recently, but I finally got this thing rebuilt.

(Original post about it is here.)

Carousel, repaired

Those are 10″ candles.

It’s really rather bulky. Here’s a closeup of one of the snowmen – their hats needed touchup, and this guy got new buttons.

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Will it go round in circles?

I replaced the hub at the top with a thinner piece, built a new spinning deck, and added a bearing to the top of the shaft. It still doesn’t work as well as I’d like, but at least it’s functional.

Bass neck started

I thought I had a taper cutting jig somewhere around here. (Blade guard removed for photo.)

Bass neck taper jig

The jig flexes a bit, so I didn’t get the greatest cut.

Bass neck scarf joint

I think I can make it work anyhow. Needs cleanup with a plane. (Hand planing maple. Ugh.)Bass neck scarf joint 2

That truss rod in the back will be included later.

Slow going

Well, even with wedges to hold the saw kerf open, this is taking forever. . .

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. . . so I cut out a body template from some MDF I had.

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I still need to clean it up around the neck area, but I want to make the neck first so I know what size pocket to cut. But hey, progress!

Resaw the Hard Way

I know there must be better ways to do this, but they all seem to involve large bandsaws, which I don’t have.

Resawing the hard way

First you cut around the edges with the table saw (which really needs a tall fence to do it right) then use the resulting kerf as a guide for the handsaw. Simple, right? I figure if I take a few strokes every time I walk by, I’ll be done in a month or so.

In the future, I’ll try to remember to do this before gluing the halves together.

Doesn’t look like much…

…but buried somewhere in there is a short-scale electric bass. Probably.

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maple on top for the neck, African mahogany (probably Khaya) for the body.

Should be enough for at least two bodies, or a body and some necks. You have to leave at least six feet of length at the lumberyard, so I had to buy the whole thing. (I already had the maple.)