I thought I had a taper cutting jig somewhere around here. (Blade guard removed for photo.)
The jig flexes a bit, so I didn’t get the greatest cut.
I think I can make it work anyhow. Needs cleanup with a plane. (Hand planing maple. Ugh.)
That truss rod in the back will be included later.
Well, even with wedges to hold the saw kerf open, this is taking forever. . .
. . . so I cut out a body template from some MDF I had.
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!
I know there must be better ways to do this, but they all seem to involve large bandsaws, which I don’t have.
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.
Can you see it yet?
Bass body glue-up
No, neither can I. And now I’m out of glue. Soundboards for ukes aren’t anywhere near this thick.
…but buried somewhere in there is a short-scale electric bass. Probably.
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.)
Well, I need to adjust the action at the nut a bit, but otherwise I’m calling this one complete.
Ignore the foot.
Yeah, it has some flaws. But you can’t really see them in these photos.
The saddle is compensated. It’s supposed to look like that.
First sound sample is available here. Pay no attention to the crummy playing; I was tired. Recorded straight into the computer via dynamic microphone; no filtering, reverb, or anything.
I am not 100% happy with this (I never am) but I’m not going to do more on it.
The back isn’t too bad, for the most part. There are a couple of dull patches and lumpy areas, but if I mess with it more, it’ll just get worse.
I finally got the spot on this side to take shellac. I ended up just wiping it on with a very small bit of cloth, instead of the traditional muneca, which was taking off as much as it was laying down. Need more practice, obviously.
I removed the tape from the fretboard and as expected, there is residue all over it. I’ve cleaned the first three frets here, but not the rest.
The top has one area I’m not at all happy with, but I can’t fix it without sanding everything down to bare wood and starting over. And I’m not about to do that. I don’t much like working with spruce tops, so it may be a while before I use the rest of the ones I already have.
or smudge, or smear, or whatever you are. And the rest of your family, who are living in various parts of my finish.
Progress, but slow.
Headstock is looking okay.
The neck is not bad at all.
Sides are building a bit of a shine.
Still some leveling needed on the back.
Color not yet evened out on the top.
Not much to show recently, because I’ve been working on finishing. Not much to look at.
Looks like some more pore filling will be needed also.