I have started my first bass build and ran into a small snag this morning. I cut the body shape out and attached my template to reach the final shape using a router. That went well enough, with the exception of two small imperfections.
1. The router has gouged a small chip in the side of the bass body. It isn't very large, a bit smaller than a pinky nail, but large enough to worry me.
2. While cutting the rough body shape, despite my best efforts, it seems as if the saw blade drifted in past the outline of the bass. The result now is a small portion of the upper tummy-cut is not perfectly vertical, or "squared". the rest of the body seems to be fine; I was convinced the horn area would be the source of all my frustration, but it came out fine surprisingly enough.
My question is: Can I remedy both these issues with some wood filler? The chip out seems simple enough, since the wood filler would be surrounded by the body wood on all sides. I could just fill the hole and sand it flat, right? What about the area where the saw blade drifted in to the body? The wood filler would be covering a larger area, and in essence it would be re-forming the edge where the flat back of the body meets the side.
The bass will be painted a solid color and sealed with lacquer, so the aesthetics of the fix does not concern me. I just worry about how well the wood filler will hold up against regular use.
I hope I am describing this well enough
If there is a better way to go about fixing this, please let me know. Either way, any help would be appreciated!