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Here's why hardwood cavity control covers aren't made out of 1/16" material

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by godoze, May 14, 2003.

  1. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I sohuld have realized after i broke the first one made of bubinga that this was a mistake but i proceeded to make one out of zebrawood.
    should have used 1/4" material - live and learn.

    before countersink...
  2. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    ooo, that sucks. why not 3/16" ?
  5. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I use 5mm thick material.

    Don, you probably can still use the cover by laminating it to another piece of wood. With proper gluein,g the crack should be invisible. Zebra is kinda forgiving! ;)
    Peace, JP
  6. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I've routed the cover cavity for 1/16". I think i might rerout for
    1/4" and make a new one.
  7. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    yep 1/16" is way too thin. This plate might have bent with time...

  8. I use ~ 1/8" thickness, but I soak/coat the underside in epoxy for extra strength (adjust dremel depth to accomidate epoxy, etc).
  9. bollefen


    Mar 13, 2003
    i used to build instruments and i always laminated thin pieces like this minimum 2 laminates at 90 degrees then 45 degrees to the top (i prefer 3 laminates in addition to the show piece. very thin veneers work fine. never had one crack or break.