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Having a "swell" time

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by ctregan, Mar 13, 2008.


  1. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Since I am a one finger keyboardist, its easier to just post pictures of my Cherry Panormo project and let the pictures tell the story.

    Spring is coming soon, but we still have some snow on the ground.

    The back plate is taking shape but still needs plenty more caving.
     
  2. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    The middle arching between the c bouts is tricky.
     
  3. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Using a gouge with a big sweep to waste away material.

    Then coming back with a gentler sweep to remove the high spots.
     
  4. Darren Molnar

    Darren Molnar

    Nov 6, 2007
    saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
    humble instrument maker
    Old workbench in front of a huge old window, looks like paradise. Are you making the upper bout flat for the break?
     
  5. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Cleaning it up with the Scrapers.
     
  6. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Yes, its got a big break with the arching coming into it at the same point. I beliave a break on a flat back would be easier than this set up.

    Paradise? inside the barn, or outside the barn?
     
  7. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    I wish I had more time to work on this project, I'm looking at 1/2 hour in the morning, maybe two hrs at night then the weekends.
    Lets see, roughly 500 hrs to build a bass divided by 2 1/2 hrs a day....
     
  8. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    Sounds about right...:)
     
  9. Nice work, ct. How are you findingthe cherry to work with?

    What size/# gouge do you use, BTW?

    Kev
     
  10. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Put a bigger handle on the largest gouge. Its two-handed work!

    That flat part on the upper bout looks really weird before you bend it. I wouldn't know where to start blending the upper edge with the flat part. I guess you might have to bend it before finishing the outer arch?
     
  11. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    I have been using a 3/4" #8 sweep with a mallet for the heavier stock removal. Then a flatter #4 fish tail (no mallet) to clean things up.

    I would assume the small luthier planes with rounded bottoms might work better at this stage. Scrub plane or power carver might be nice for the heavy stuff, but at this point I'm just going with the tools available in my tool kit.

    The cherry is working out good. It is not figured so the carving is pleasant. Caring a back plate with figured wood must be crazy.
     
  12. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Bending the break with the arch will be strange.
    To make matters worse the cherry is starting to warp.
    (Talk bass high drama)
     

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