My First Build, or a High School Project
Right, so after all the questions, about 400 dollar's worth of materials, and hours of learning how to use Sketchup, I started my build.
I'm planning to make a through-neck bass with Teak and some Rosewood for a fretboard. I have about an hour in my shop class to work on it, roughly 2 to 3 times a week.
My woodworking skills aren't up to par, so everything looks rather rough. Hopefully I can mend this out along the line.
Anyways, after 5 classes, I have the neck roughly cut.
I'll keep posting updates of my build process throughout. Thanks for all the help that you guys gave!
On a side note, I hope you guys can see the photos posted. I'm not sure how to post the photos directly yet...
I can't see anything. I'm not good at explaining how to do it, but there are a few guides out there.
That did the trick.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the shop that I work in doesn't have a planing machine, so I had to use the manual planer. When my shop teacher was teaching me how to use it, he knocked a good chunk out of the headstock. I cried a bit on the inside, but luckily I still have wood to use and glue that on...
This chain of entries really shows my organization with things... Here's my planned design. Well, I guess it's more of a guideline, since I already changed my mind on the headstock design...
Update! Sorry it's been almost 3 weeks since my last update, we had a school trip to southern China for a week, and the first class I had to work on this when I got back, the power was out.
On the upside, the truss rod I ordered came in time, so I was able to install it when we could use the power tools.
The channel I routed with a router. Rather sketchy, not my best routing job...
Luckily, the truss rod fits snugly, and the adjustment cavity is nicely done. Hopefully over the weekend I can get the fretboard cut to it's dimensions, since my teacher doesn't want everyone in the class to "die" from rosewood dust...
Whoah! Did you do that freehand? Why not use a guide?
Well, the guide that the shop teacher had couldn't be used apparently, because the neck was already tapered. I thought that if I do mess up a bit, the fretboard will cover it anyways, so it wouldn't matter too much...
Always use a guide man. It's better if you rout the slot before you do anything else to the neck, as it's usually the easiest time. You are very lucky that you had a solidly steady hand. Hopefully the neck doesn't shift too much.
But you live an learn right?
wow you had a lot of luck freehanding that. You are lucky the bit did not grab.
In the past 2 classes, I focused on the headstock and made a simple jig to help out with cutting the fret slots.
The design on the back of the neck. I guess I wanted something a little bit unique, so I changed it up a bit from the original sketch.
The cut out headstock. Still have a bit more sanding to do, but came out rather nice, I think.
Here's the jig that I made for the fret markers. I still think it's a bit too primitive, but the tests I've run seem to be fine... Oh, and those in the corner are the tuning pegs I plan to use.
I plan to get the fretboard cut out this Friday, since we don't have school that day. Apparently, it's supposed to be a learning day for teachers. Hopefully, while I'm there, I can get the big chunk of Teak I have cut down to size for the body, since the table saw here is too small.
So having failed to get my rosewood cut (the place I planned to go was closed for some reason), I decided to work some more on the headstock.
Here I have the neck with the headstock cut down to about a 1/2 inch thickness, and all the holes measured and drilled. It took me a while to find the elusive 9/16 drill bit...
A closer view of the headstock from the back. I still need to sand off the areas where the neck meets the headstock, but I'm going to wait until I get that fretboard cut.
And here's the test fit of the machine heads. They fit rather nicely. If anyone's wondering, these are Gotoh bass tuners I picked up at an ESP shop.
From the looks of it, I may need a string retainer similar to that I see on Yamaha's. I also hope I have some room for it, since the distance from the closest machine head to the nut is a little more than an inch...
Looking forward to seeing more progress. Sub'd
You're in high school in Thailand? Your English is remarkably good.
And that looks like a great start. Where are you sourcing your electronics?
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