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new build- highschool woodshop

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by vbasscustom, May 7, 2010.


  1. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    yeah, so for my grade 11 final project im makin a bass. just something simple to fit into the time constraints that have been so delightfully bestowed upon me. anyway, heres some specs.

    either a sold bubinga, or an ash with bubinga top and back plate.
    1 peice maple neck
    maccassar ebony unlined fretless board
    cheap generic jazz pups until i make some money to replace them
    hipshot a bride
    gotoh mini tuners
    passive

    anyway, should be fun, will deffinetly be starting on monday or tuesday.
     
  2. Subscribed, sounds like a great build
     
  3. Zombbg4

    Zombbg4

    Jul 15, 2008
    Olympia,Wa
    Sub'd, its about time for another build from you...geez!!:D
     
  4. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    hah yeah tell me about it. ive started a number of threads about builds i hoped to undertake that never really materialized. but this one is absolutly gettin done.
     
  5. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    and so it is written, so it shall be. in other words, i started. haha. got a killer shape named nailed down, template made, and im goin ash with bub. top. ill snap some pics tommorrow. murderworship is in my class, hes makin a zen garden, ill shoot some of that too, should be neat.
     
  6. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    ok, got some progress today, marked out the neck, resawed the top, and determined a shape, and made a template. heres the pics

    thats the bubinga im using
    bass4002.

    the top and the body template
    bass4001.

    and the neck, i also cut the scarf joint today, and im cleaning it up tommorrow
    bass4003.
     
  7. OHSPyro89

    OHSPyro89

    Jun 21, 2009
    I think your shop class needs a sharper blade!
     
  8. John Ruiz

    John Ruiz

    Oct 9, 2000
    Plano, Tx

    Irony.

    Looks good so far, wish I'd have done something like that in HS!
     
  9. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Looks good Lee. A blade sharpening would be nice, but it's a school shop; it would be sharp for about the first two cuts, tops. :D
     
  10. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    yeah pretty much. im really hard my schools blades lol, i cut 4 inches of maple, and 8 inches of bubinga today, the blade is just about cooked aha.

    and yes, quite ironic. ha, hes really cool in person, he just likes death metal, and the enviroment, and hes got rockin dreads.
     
  11. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    I built a bass in high school woodshop, still have it too. It was great fun and I learned a lot. So, enjoy yourself.

    Looking forward to seeing the results.

    Cheers!
     
  12. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    oh, i also have a picture of the ebony i will be using for the fingerboard

    ebony.
     
  13. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    so i decided to go with cedar for the body, mainly because its so light, and i got a nice straight grained peice that should look pretty awesome. and ive also switched the top wood to zebrawood, mainly because i found the board that i had been looking for originally, but couldnt locate it.
     
  14. standupright

    standupright

    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Brownchicken Browncow
    i remember high school wood shop. we got to build birdhouses and step stools. glad to see they are stepping it up a couple of notches.
     
  15. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    well.... this is my final project, we could chose from 4 different projects or something of our choice that we are confident we can make. but before this, we made a small box, that took way way too long, i could have been done in less than a day no problem, and we did a mass production project, 15 aderondak chairs.
     
  16. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    ok, pics tommorrow, i swear :D today i got the body cut out, and im glueing it tommorrow. by wednesday i hope to have it cut to final shape and routed on the edges. then i can begin to route cavities and such.
     
  17. BruceBass3901

    BruceBass3901

    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    That ebony looks gorgeous ... I wish I could find some like that :(
     
  18. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    at 108 bucks a BF it better look awesome aha
     
  19. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    anexotichardwood.com and gilmerwood.com are about 1/2 that for the same wood.
     
  20. John Ruiz

    John Ruiz

    Oct 9, 2000
    Plano, Tx
    I love metal. I used to call myself a death metal hippie, so I know where he's coming from. ;)

    I agree, those ebony boards are gorgeous.

    For future reference, Gilmer wood does have some outstanding stuff for less, with the catch being a $100 minimum on mail orders. I've worked with them before and had a fantastic experience dealing with Mark (the musical wood specialist).
     

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