Long story short, I've been bitten by the bug and I want to start making basses and parts. Getting the right tools opened up a whole new world for me, and I'm loving it. One thing I've noticed is, you pay for more finished materials. A finished body could be $400, unfinished for $250, body blanks for $60-100. But in essence, the basic ash or alder body blanks I see are a plank of wood, cut in two pieces and glued together. I feel like I could probably do that myself, with a little bit of know-how. So here's my questions: 1) Can I get the proper ash/alder planks that are "ready to go"? If so, where? I read a few things about proper dryness and seasoning, but I don't have a kiln and don't intend to ever. Does a place like WOODCRAFT sell anything like that? Where should I be shopping for such planks? 2) Once a plank is ready to be glued together, what do I need? I read that TITE-BOND is a good glue to use. True? And I know I'll need clamps... what are best and how tight do I have to clamp? How long does it have to dry? 3) Will I always need to plane wood or can I buy it easily enough, already at the right thickness? I'm really just starting with a basic project for now. If it's stupid for me to try this and I should just buy a blank, please let me know. But if I can cut costs by doing this and not shoot myself in the foot by doing so, I'm all for it! Any help is very much appreciated.