New "How to" section

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  1. Basschair

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    Hey all,


    If there's anything that's come up recently that you feel should be included in this section, let me know.



    Some How-To’s (in no particular order...sorry):

    “Top Carving with your old friend Scott French”
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184826

    Here's one a TBer put on here a while back about defretting:
    http://www.geocities.com/charlesarms/

    Nateo's defret tutorial
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=195481

    Wilser's scarf joint
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=186192

    Fat Karl's thread on finishes
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=191161

    Josh Curry: wooden knobs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=155975

    Cerb's process and blog link on making a bass
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=170465

    Hambone's photo tip
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=172037

    Calculates fret placements
    http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

    As far as fretting goes, here's a link to "wfret," which is a fret distance calculator...Windows only, sorry!:
    ftp://mimf.com/pub/wfret.zip

    Thanks for the reminder Wilser!

    Another fret placement program/site:
    http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/

    spreadsheet: string spacing layout: equal centers vs. equal gaps
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=174926

    spreadsheet: effect of headstock/nut break angle on string downforce and friction at nut:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1683337

    Truss rod gluing
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=224189

    "Long Awaited Epoxy Photo Tutorial"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=231434

    "Spud's Easy to Follow Nut Replacement Thread," with pics!
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=282825

    "Building a Body Blank from Scratch," with pics, from Scott in Dallas.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=283082

    "Building a bass from parts: customizing a pre-finished body/neck," with pics, from Rodent.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=287678

    "HOW TO DO A RELIC: NOW IN A 70 Page pdf" from ibanezcollector.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=319325

    "Don't Make the Mistakes I Made!" by digthemlows...perhaps this shoulc be in the how not to section ;)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=313585

    "Sanding help please!" (getting that gloss finish on an epoxied fretless FB) asked by engedi1.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=320876

    "Pickup Making Tutorial"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=335566
    Here's the direct link to Wilser's website

    "Decal Application Tutorial"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=9519986#post9519986

    "pickup mounting - threaded inserts "
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8825798#post8825798

    "Wood Bridge Tutorial"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=337912
    by Mario, with pics...would that make it a pictutorial?

    "How To: Lined Fretless Fingerboard"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=408403

    Phil's fret slot cutting using a square and fret saw
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=410985

    Kencasino submitted this alternative approach to pickup covers
    http://www.gminet.com/bassmod/

    NickInMesa asked about how people were fixing their name/brand to their necks:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=521024

    Eleonn came up with this thread a few years ago..."Jigs & stuff"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291476

    LedBelli Bass created this thread on finishing with Nitro:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=504392

    Mikeyswood's "How to: Fingerboards"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8591732#post8591732

    Basschair's "Inlaying Crushed Turquoise" tutorial:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=499230

    Making Inlay Tutorial:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8654739#post8654739

    Mikeywood's "How To: Necks"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8595835#post8595835

    Ledbelli's "Fingerboard Radius Jig for Router"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=9095930#post9095930

    Mikeywood's "How To: Undo Yellow Glue"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=686972

    Mikeywood's "How To: Design a Bass"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=688574

    Engine207's "Epoxy on a fretless Warmoth neck by Lewis Bass and Guitar"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=710064


    Pictorials:

    A word of warning: pictures and attachments can disappear over time to make room in alotted storage space for other pics. Discriptions will remain...hopefully these can be helpful.

    Budman
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=194023&highlight=pics

    Scott French
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=213751&highlight=pics

    Mcdade
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=216219&highlight=pics

    JSPguitars' "Where's the BEEF???"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138963

    Toonman
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=180838&highlight=pics

    Gard
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=203939
    In this one, you'll have to scan through a lot of commentary to get to the bulk of the pics, but it's a beautiful bass!

    bill h
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=224016

    Wilser's "The Steve Swallow Parker Fly knock-off," and "Two more basses in progress"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161714&highlight=swallow
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=180147&highlight=ceruse

    Budman's pics
    http://www.lowtones.com/LeCompteJSSM/
    http://animegrafx.com/gallery/F-bird?page=1

    DirkDiggler's "6 string headless multiscale build" link
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=226049

    GMC Basses
    http://www.gmcbasses.co.uk/GMCBasses/BassPlace.htm
    Thanks Suburban

    Cliff Bordwell's site: click the link and then click on "The News" button on the left to see his current projects. Amazing basses!
    http://www.cbbasses.com/

    "Build a set neck joint and carve a neck"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=250978

    NEW!!! Tutorial/pictorials on Pickup cover-making:
    Wilser's Wooden pickup cover tutorial (and plans for plastic cast covers)
    and Musiclogic's How I build Wood P/U Covers - Pictorial

    Shawn's (SDB Guitars)
    How to make a single-acting truss rod

    Don't forget Spudman's nut replacement pictorial/tutorial listed above in "tutorials," as well as Scott in Dallas' "Building a Body Blank from Scratch," and Rodent's "Building a bass from parts."

    T2W's "Step by step LED installation"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=500704

    scottyd's "How To: Fiber Optic Side Markers Part 1"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=502922

    Musiclogic's "Decal Application Pic/Tutorial"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=682386


    Finishing:

    "Getting my oil finish to look glossy"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=154917&highlight=oil gloss

    "Show and Tell: Finishes"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=191161&highlight=oil gloss

    "Polishing with a brown paper bag"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=171939&highlight=oil gloss

    "Oil finishing easier than painting?"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=178568&highlight=oil gloss

    "Glues, finishes, and general advice"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=193761&highlight=pics

    "DIY Natural Wood Refinish"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=448455

    "Sanded-in Oil Finish"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=384222

    "Dyeing Quilted Maple"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f57/dyeing-quilted-maple-how-810661/
     
  2. ROCKWOOD

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    I have a tree that was 'downed' 8 years ago & left intact
    above ground. I'm ready to harvest it. Made a cut today
    & it is in excellent shape - no rot & no splits! I'm planning
    to cut out 6' sections & saw them into roughly 6" slabs.
    Well, it turns out there is still quite a bit of moisture in this
    wood. What do I do to finish dry the slabs? Anyone know
    about kilning?
     
  3. T2W

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    I worked in a kiln for a while, Yellow and I were supposed to do a tutorial on 'pick your own wood' and on how to dry it. Ill take care of it this week. With Pics and a lot of details.
     
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    I'll keep both eyes open for that. Not that I'm going to go to the Amazon Rain Forest and take down the first mahogany tree I see but Im interested in this.
     
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    "who are you?"thread for any member who would like to share their life and history with the bass.
     
  8. Mr wiggl3s

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    Photobucket implemented some ******** into their system. If you don't sign in every 3 months they wont show your pictures.

    So most of these pictures aren't showing. Something to keep in mind.
     
  9. ppk

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    Could there possibly be a thread for trussrod repair and fretboard removal??

    thanks, Paul
     
  10. albertofrog

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    Me too, here's hoping..

    Ive got an ash tree in my garden that growing rediculously straight.
    Its just asking to be a through neck...
     
  11. ColeWinger

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    I've got an unfinished Swamp Ash body coming from California soon and would really like to do the finishing work myself. I'm finding that Ash wood needs to be filled. I'm trying to achieve a natural or blonde look. Any suggestions on what products work best for retaining the sound of the wood. Filling and Sealing products. I'm thinking of finishing with Tung Oil. What do you think.
    Thanks
     
  12. Basschair

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    Hi Cole,

    You'll probably find a lot more information on it if you go to the first page of the Luthier's Corner and use the search function (probably using "finishing swamp ash" as keywords). There's most likely going to be a lot of existing threads on the subject.

    Best of luck!
     
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    I have had some luck with using a clear wood filler that I bought from StewMac. I follow the instructions on the can but let it dry longer. Then after light sanding I would use Minwax wipe-on-poly to build your protective coats as it dries clear and dries hard. Use a thinned coat first and keep the surface wet for at least 30 minutes by wiping on more finish. This lets the finish penetrate deeper into the soft Ash. Once that coat is hard then you can use several thin coats to build your finish. I use the satin style (gold can) for best results. It can be buffed and polished to a shine. You can build the finish as thick as you want but if you want an "oiled" look use only three or four coats thinned.
    Oil, especialy tung oil, never really dries as true oils never dry hard. Most products sold as "oils" are really just varnish or varnish with oils in them. Also the oils are kind of amber in color and may deepen the color of the Ash or make the end grain look dirty. On my website below if you search out the BH6 in the guitar section, you will see an example of this finish.
     
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    is there a thread for putting frets in
    i didnt see one
     
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    Got a 404 when I clicked on this:
    "Kencasino submitted this alternative approach to pickup covers
    http://www.gminet.com/bassmod/"
     
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    Does anyone know of a "how to" on shaping a volute?
     
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    Is there a how-to for installing side-mount input for bass(squier affinity jazzv)? don't want to start drilling and make mistakes
     
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    Since the "Build a set neck joint and carve a neck" pictures are gone, does anyone know of another detailed instruction of how to do this? I am fascinated by this.. Im interested in the carving of the heel behind the neck joint.
     
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    Thanks for making this, i will be using this a lot, im sure others will be too!
     
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