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New "How to" section

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basschair, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Hey all,

    If there's anything that's come up recently that you feel should be included in this section, let me know.

    Some How-To’s (in no particular order...sorry):

    “Top Carving with your old friend Scott French”
    Top carving with your old friend Scott French | TalkBass.com

    Here's one a TBer put on here a while back about defretting:
    Geocities has shut down

    Nateo's defret tutorial
    A Hack Defret Tutorial | TalkBass.com

    Wilser's scarf joint
    This is how I cut a scarf jointed neck | TalkBass.com

    Fat Karl's thread on finishes
    Show and tell: finishes | TalkBass.com

    Josh Curry: wooden knobs
    Making wooden knobs | TalkBass.com

    Cerb's process and blog link on making a bass
    My First Attempt at Constructing a Bass... (With Bass Porn) | TalkBass.com

    Hambone's photo tip
    A Photo Tip | TalkBass.com

    Calculates fret placements

    As far as fretting goes, here's a link to "wfret," which is a fret distance calculator...Windows only, sorry!:

    Thanks for the reminder Wilser!

    Another fret placement program/site:

    spreadsheet: string spacing layout: equal centers vs. equal gaps
    spreadsheet: string spacing layout: equal centers vs. equal gaps | TalkBass.com

    spreadsheet: effect of headstock/nut break angle on string downforce and friction at nut:
    Pics of More than Usually Angled Headstocks ? | Page 2 | TalkBass.com

    Truss rod gluing
    glueing in a truss rod..... | TalkBass.com

    "Long Awaited Epoxy Photo Tutorial"
    Long Awaited Epoxy Photo Tutorial | TalkBass.com

    "Spud's Easy to Follow Nut Replacement Thread," with pics!
    Spud's easy to follow nut replacement thread | TalkBass.com

    "Building a Body Blank from Scratch," with pics, from Scott in Dallas.
    Building a body blank from scratch | TalkBass.com

    "Building a bass from parts: customizing a pre-finished body/neck," with pics, from Rodent.
    Building a bass from parts - customizing a pre-finished body/neck | TalkBass.com

    "HOW TO DO A RELIC: NOW IN A 70 Page pdf" from ibanezcollector.

    "Don't Make the Mistakes I Made!" by digthemlows...perhaps this shoulc be in the how not to section ;)
    Don't Make the Mistakes I made! | TalkBass.com

    "Sanding help please!" (getting that gloss finish on an epoxied fretless FB) asked by engedi1.
    Sanding help please!!! | TalkBass.com

    "Pickup Making Tutorial"
    Pickup making tutorial | TalkBass.com
    Here's the direct link to Wilser's website

    "Decal Application Tutorial"
    Decal Application Pic/Tutorial | TalkBass.com

    "pickup mounting - threaded inserts "
    pickup mounting - threaded inserts | TalkBass.com

    "Wood Bridge Tutorial"
    Wood Bridge Tutorial. | TalkBass.com
    by Mario, with pics...would that make it a pictutorial?

    "How To: Lined Fretless Fingerboard"
    HOW TO: Lined Fretless Fingerboard | TalkBass.com

    Phil's fret slot cutting using a square and fret saw
    help i still dont know how to cut straight frets | TalkBass.com

    Kencasino submitted this alternative approach to pickup covers

    NickInMesa asked about how people were fixing their name/brand to their necks:
    How do you write your brand on the neck? | TalkBass.com

    Eleonn came up with this thread a few years ago..."Jigs & stuff"
    Jigs & stuff... | TalkBass.com

    LedBelli Bass created this thread on finishing with Nitro:
    Nitro-Cell Lacquer Finish Schedule/Tutorial | TalkBass.com

    Mikeyswood's "How to: Fingerboards"
    How To: Fretboards | TalkBass.com

    Basschair's "Inlaying Crushed Turquoise" tutorial:
    Inlaying crushed turquoise tutorial | TalkBass.com

    Making Inlay Tutorial:
    Making inlay tutorial (Feel free to add yours) | TalkBass.com

    Mikeywood's "How To: Necks"
    How To: Necks | TalkBass.com

    Ledbelli's "Fingerboard Radius Jig for Router"
    Fingerboard Radius Jig for Router | TalkBass.com

    Mikeywood's "How To: Undo Yellow Glue"
    How To: Undo Yellow Glue | TalkBass.com

    Mikeywood's "How To: Design a Bass"
    How To: Design A Bass | TalkBass.com

    Engine207's "Epoxy on a fretless Warmoth neck by Lewis Bass and Guitar"
    Epoxy on a fretless Warmoth neck by Lewis Bass and Guitar | TalkBass.com


    A word of warning: pictures and attachments can disappear over time to make room in alotted storage space for other pics. Discriptions will remain...hopefully these can be helpful.

    Pics by request | TalkBass.com

    Scott French
    New bass in the works, shop pics, new press & more! | TalkBass.com

    RIM Custom Singlecut 4 for Craig | TalkBass.com

    JSPguitars' "Where's the BEEF???"
    Where's the BEEF?? | TalkBass.com

    my carl thompson | TalkBass.com

    Progress Pics Of My Baby | TalkBass.com
    In this one, you'll have to scan through a lot of commentary to get to the bulk of the pics, but it's a beautiful bass!

    bill h
    A project bass | TalkBass.com

    Wilser's "The Steve Swallow Parker Fly knock-off," and "Two more basses in progress"
    The Steve Swallow Parker fly knock off | TalkBass.com
    two more basses in progress | TalkBass.com

    Budman's pics

    DirkDiggler's "6 string headless multiscale build" link
    6 string headless multi-scale build | TalkBass.com

    GMC Basses
    Bass Place
    Thanks Suburban

    Cliff Bordwell's site: click the link and then click on "The News" button on the left to see his current projects. Amazing basses!
    CB Basses - Fine Handcrafted Custom Bass Guitars

    "Build a set neck joint and carve a neck"
    this is how I build a set neck joint and carve a neck | TalkBass.com

    NEW!!! Tutorial/pictorials on Pickup cover-making:
    Wilser's Wooden pickup cover tutorial (and plans for plastic cast covers)
    and Musiclogic's How I build Wood P/U Covers - Pictorial

    Shawn's (SDB Guitars)
    How to make a single-acting truss rod

    Don't forget Spudman's nut replacement pictorial/tutorial listed above in "tutorials," as well as Scott in Dallas' "Building a Body Blank from Scratch," and Rodent's "Building a bass from parts."

    T2W's "Step by step LED installation"
    Step by step LED installation. | TalkBass.com

    scottyd's "How To: Fiber Optic Side Markers Part 1"
    How To: Fiber Optic Side Markers Part 1! | TalkBass.com

    Musiclogic's "Decal Application Pic/Tutorial"
    Decal Application Pic/Tutorial | TalkBass.com


    "Getting my oil finish to look glossy"
    getting my oil finish to look glossy? | TalkBass.com

    "Show and Tell: Finishes"
    Show and tell: finishes | TalkBass.com

    "Polishing with a brown paper bag"
    Polishing with a brown paper bag. . . | TalkBass.com

    "Oil finishing easier than painting?"
    Oil finishing easier than painting? | TalkBass.com

    "Glues, finishes, and general advice"
    Glues, Finishes and General advice | TalkBass.com

    "DIY Natural Wood Refinish"
    DIY Natural Wood Refinish | TalkBass.com

    "Sanded-in Oil Finish"
    Sanded-in Oil Finish | TalkBass.com

    "Dyeing Quilted Maple"
    Dyeing Quilted Maple How-To | TalkBass.com

    "Threads describing how to refinish a bass"
    Threads describing How To Refinish a Bass | TalkBass.com
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    Jun 29, 2004
    Shreveport, LA
    I have a tree that was 'downed' 8 years ago & left intact
    above ground. I'm ready to harvest it. Made a cut today
    & it is in excellent shape - no rot & no splits! I'm planning
    to cut out 6' sections & saw them into roughly 6" slabs.
    Well, it turns out there is still quite a bit of moisture in this
    wood. What do I do to finish dry the slabs? Anyone know
    about kilning?
  3. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    I worked in a kiln for a while, Yellow and I were supposed to do a tutorial on 'pick your own wood' and on how to dry it. Ill take care of it this week. With Pics and a lot of details.
  4. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    I'll keep both eyes open for that. Not that I'm going to go to the Amazon Rain Forest and take down the first mahogany tree I see but Im interested in this.
  5. GregBlach


    Mar 5, 2009
  6. wayne holmes

    wayne holmes Banned

    Nov 12, 2008
    Milan, TN
    Proprietor, Holmes Bass Viol Shop
    "who are you?"thread for any member who would like to share their life and history with the bass.
  7. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s Banned

    Feb 27, 2009
    Photobucket implemented some ******** into their system. If you don't sign in every 3 months they wont show your pictures.

    So most of these pictures aren't showing. Something to keep in mind.
  8. ppk


    May 16, 2007
    Could there possibly be a thread for trussrod repair and fretboard removal??

    thanks, Paul
  9. Me too, here's hoping..

    Ive got an ash tree in my garden that growing rediculously straight.
    Its just asking to be a through neck...
  10. ColeWinger


    Nov 4, 2010
    I've got an unfinished Swamp Ash body coming from California soon and would really like to do the finishing work myself. I'm finding that Ash wood needs to be filled. I'm trying to achieve a natural or blonde look. Any suggestions on what products work best for retaining the sound of the wood. Filling and Sealing products. I'm thinking of finishing with Tung Oil. What do you think.
  11. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Hi Cole,

    You'll probably find a lot more information on it if you go to the first page of the Luthier's Corner and use the search function (probably using "finishing swamp ash" as keywords). There's most likely going to be a lot of existing threads on the subject.

    Best of luck!
  12. Drake Custom

    Drake Custom Commercial User

    Aug 24, 2010
    Builder/Owner:Drake Custom Bass Guitars
    I have had some luck with using a clear wood filler that I bought from StewMac. I follow the instructions on the can but let it dry longer. Then after light sanding I would use Minwax wipe-on-poly to build your protective coats as it dries clear and dries hard. Use a thinned coat first and keep the surface wet for at least 30 minutes by wiping on more finish. This lets the finish penetrate deeper into the soft Ash. Once that coat is hard then you can use several thin coats to build your finish. I use the satin style (gold can) for best results. It can be buffed and polished to a shine. You can build the finish as thick as you want but if you want an "oiled" look use only three or four coats thinned.
    Oil, especialy tung oil, never really dries as true oils never dry hard. Most products sold as "oils" are really just varnish or varnish with oils in them. Also the oils are kind of amber in color and may deepen the color of the Ash or make the end grain look dirty. On my website below if you search out the BH6 in the guitar section, you will see an example of this finish.
  13. bass rocks

    bass rocks

    Nov 15, 2010
    is there a thread for putting frets in
    i didnt see one
  14. Got a 404 when I clicked on this:
    "Kencasino submitted this alternative approach to pickup covers
  15. TheCatalyst


    Mar 15, 2011
    Does anyone know of a "how to" on shaping a volute?
  16. dagovna659


    Mar 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Is there a how-to for installing side-mount input for bass(squier affinity jazzv)? don't want to start drilling and make mistakes
  17. CarbonTom


    Aug 23, 2013
    Since the "Build a set neck joint and carve a neck" pictures are gone, does anyone know of another detailed instruction of how to do this? I am fascinated by this.. Im interested in the carving of the heel behind the neck joint.
  18. Thanks for making this, i will be using this a lot, im sure others will be too!
  19. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert