Hey all, This will be long and boring, probably... Starting a project with my 15 year old son this week which will be to build a bass body from scratch and work it into a working instrument. This is a bold move for someone of my limited workworking history, but we're both psyched about the build. I'm also trying to demonstrate the importance of research and the benefit of asking questions and picking the brains of people who have tried these types of projects. I've done a lot of reading, and I have learned quite a it from people who were willing to illustrate their successes as well as their setbacks. I'm thinking about sending off for plans/templates, but I want to keep researching online in forums like TB and the Telecaster Forum for ideas/hints/clues, etc. before I commit to anything..well, before I cut anything. I am impulsive by nature, so this somewhat meticulous approach to this build is tough on me (having kids will certainly change the way you do things, that much is true). We've already purchased two beautiful billlets: 1. 2-piece Alder 2. 2-piece Walnut Our thoughts are along these lines: -----Project: 4-string Telecaster Shortscale Bass H/H ---- - '72-ish Telecaster (guitar) body (prob Walnut) - short-scale fretted maple neck (like the Squier Bronco) - reshape the headstock to Telecaster specs - Twin humbuckers or single Darkstar pups - String-thru Bridge - Telecaster "cigar" control plate: v/t (w/ switch for H/H The overall idea is to have a killer 4-string bass that looks a lot like a natural Telecaster guitar. I know there are lots of details that need to go into this project, but I wanted to get some opinions based on our initial project thoughts. We just built a small (12x12) workshop, and we are slowly trying to acquire the neccessary power tools to make this project (and hopefully subsequent projects) more productive. Put T8 flourescent lighting and halogen project lights in there last weekend and we've built a 8'x3' bench/table. Everything is being hung up on walls, so we will have the entire work surface available to us. Tools: As far as this project goes - so far we have: jig saw, belt sander (handheld), palm sander, plunge router, drill (handheld), clamps, digital calipers, files, coping saw for guitar building and the usual assortment of power tools previously used to ruin household projects. None of this stuff is top of the line, but it all works. I'm open to any suggestions as to what tools/equipment should be a shop staple (oscillating sander, drill press, jigs, etc.) Sorry for being long-winded, and we will certainly appreciate any constructive feedback. Thanks.