I'm nearing the varnishing stage of my violin, and am starting to think about my next instrument. I think an upright would be the ultimate challenge to make, and I'd love to try one. I have a few questions regarding tools & processes: Bending iron - Did you buy a commercially availabe one, or make one? If you made one, is it the propane torch/aluminum pipe design? Body clamps - Did you buy or make these? I made them for my violin, based on the German Herdim design. Gluing tables to ribs - Do you let the hide glue gel, then clamp the table on, and then go around re-activating the glue with heat and/or steam? Do you also size the area first? I did something like this on my violin. Amount of glue - How much glue do you generally cook up when gluing on a table, for instance? I think make around a teaspoon when working on my violin. I will be getting 'So, you want to make a double bass' by Peter Chandler with all the plans, as well as Harry Wake's bass making book, and I was just talking with a local supplier of spruce and figured maple that does custom cutting, so I'm set for wood. Thanks for your help.