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Side Scrolls?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassaholic, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. bassaholic


    Mar 7, 2004
    Hi, I am making my first bass right now, and the biggest obstacle I've come to so far is the side scrolls. Does anyone know a trick or two to make really good scrolls, or maybe a template or something? Also, I am using Bubinga wood for the body, and its very dense, so any advice on cutting out the scrolls would be much appreciated.

    P.S. heres some pics of what I mean.


  2. pgurns


    Dec 26, 2003
    Northern, IL
    I would think a band saw with a small blade or a scroll saw to rough it in, then break out the sandpaper and finish it off. nJust a thought though. I am still in the planning stage of my first project.
  3. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    Use a band saw to cut the shape then route it with the rest of the body. Or you can use a handheld jig saw. Either will work.
  4. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    One word - router template. Make a template for the entire body shape and use the router to cut it out. That's how I made a violin bass shape. Not as fancy as the one in your pictures, but the same concept.
  5. pgurns


    Dec 26, 2003
    Northern, IL
    Ummmm, Thats two words :)
  6. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I forgot to use the registered trademark symbol.

    Correction: One word® - router template
  7. Those tight curves are real tricky! and a bandsaw/jigsaw will have kind of a hard time on them. I remove the excess with a jigsaw and then get it to the line with a microplane surform. The ideal and fast way is to remove the excess with a bandsaw and final shape with a router and template, but we don't always have templates for all the curves we make, right?
  8. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    I was thinking, would a drum sander work? You'd have to be REALLY careful, but it seems like you could have a lot of control.

    But, at any rate, I suggest asking the wood crew at Alembic for advice.