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1 Piece Curly Bubinga Bass/Slabtable Build.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Mister Know Not, Jul 18, 2012.


  1. I found this nice piece of Curly Bubinga, it's quit large, and i was thinking, maybe I can make a bass out of it which is just 1 piece.

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    I've seen 1 or 2 1 piece basses, at the site from Jens Ritter, they we're from quilted maple, I believe.
    Not sure if it can be done, but i'm gone try it anyway.
    I want to saw 1 bass from the middle of 1 piece of the wood and turn the rest into a slabtable with maybe frosted glas in the shape of that bass in it and some blue LED's under the glas along the edges of that bass shape.
    Should be nice.
     
  2. I love that shape!
     
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thats a really big board. If it were me I would be inclined not to use it as a one piece, but to try and saw it into as many book matched tops and possibly fingerboards as possible. Making a one piece bass is going to leave alot of waste.
     
  4. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    This. That's a really big board. It would be a shame to waste it.
     
  5. TannerManner

    TannerManner

    Feb 12, 2012
    Do it, it would be a shame to cut such a big board into a bunch of little pieces.
     
  6. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    Isn't making it out of a single piece going to be weak and dimensionally unstable?
     
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Did you cut that length in half?


    Isn't that a roughly $1000 piece of wood if it is full length in one piece?
     
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

    I was thinking the same thing. A local hardwood supply here in Houston has a slab of curly bubinga about that same length just a little wider for sale for $3000.
     
  9. I'm with the others. Cut it into tops or body slabs. To cut the whole bass out of one bit is too much. There would be so much wastage. Besides, you could recover your costs by selling some of it off as tops or slabs. ;)
     
  10. This is what I think too..
    If I wanted a small piece I would have bought that.
    I want to do this piece of wood as much justice as I can.
    Cutting it up is not an option.
    And there will be no waste when I turn the leftover into a slabtable.

    The second piece I'm eyeballing hours a day.
    Not shure what to do with it yet.
    Could make 4 one piece basses.

    And yes I did cut that in half, it was otherwise impossible to transport for me.
    We had a big van, but not big enough.
    It feld a bit like sacrilege, but it had to be done.

    The price I paid,was not even close to what it's worth.
    I paid € 500,00 for it.

    Thank you very much.
     
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    How are you doing the board justice by making it one piece?
     
  12. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Do it man. It's just a board. I've seen hundreds of huge bubinga slabs like that and its no worse to make a one piece bass than it is to make a slab top table for a boardroom. Bubinga is one of the most common woods to find large slabs of and they are readily available.
     
  13. Markpotato

    Markpotato

    Jul 19, 2012
    Eureka Springs, AR
    Luthier, Sorrentino Guitars
    How thick is your slab?

    It's definitely doable. I built a carved top guitar out of a solid piece of cocobolo, here's the thread:

    http://luthiersforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10123&t=32501&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=cocobolo+1+piece

    Just make sure you are really, really sure of what order of operations you will take. I decided to route the truss rod channel before doing anything else (two way rod routed on the back of the neck) but I now wish I routed it a little deeper for extra glue space on the fill strip. Hasn't popped out though, so it's probably fine. (I used epoxy).

    If you decide to go for it, I'll be here watching. And if you run into anything you have a question about, feel free to ask.
     
  14. jbossolo

    jbossolo

    Sep 22, 2011
    I gotta say that cocobolo build was outstanding. Subscribed.
     
  15. Markpotato

    Markpotato

    Jul 19, 2012
    Eureka Springs, AR
    Luthier, Sorrentino Guitars
    Thanks
     
  16. Thank you very much.

    That is one beautifull guitar you've made.
    Ran trough it quikly to take a look, but I'm sure I will be back to read it in the whole.

    The slab is about 2" thick.
    The plan is indeed to route the trusrod channel(s) first and then go from there.
     
  17. If I put on a yellow heart and a purple heart knob, can I join the 3 wood challenge?
     
  18. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Three woods is the maximum, you can still enter with just bubinga.
     
  19. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    It would be worth much more, cut up and sliced into a bunch of tops....

     
  20. Well, I want to try and keep it as big as possible.
    The leftover piece with the bassshaped hole will be a nice saloon table.
    I think it's cool to have a table with a matching bass hanging from my wall.


    I already have 2 mirrored sets of curly bubinga tops.
    3'x5"x1/3" or something like that, metric here, and I did pay alot for them.
    About €50,00 per set.

    I could try and get my money back and sell some, true.
    I would call this a luxery problem.
    It won't keep me awake at night.

    I could also make a lot af bodywings from it..we''ll see.
     

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