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Transfering plans to MDF

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Linas, May 12, 2006.

  1. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have purchased the Moll bass plans from MIMF and i have redrawn the body to my liking. Now how do you guys go about taking the paper plans and putting them on MDF. Also, once the plans are transfered, should i just cut the MDF template with a band saw? Sorry if this sounds stupid, just dont want to mess anything up.
  2. Basschair

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

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca

    Not stupid at all. I take the long way around: I cut out the design, pin it to the MDF, and use a shading technique on the edges that leaves something like a silhouette, and then go over it again to define the edges, which also gives me a chance to make some final adjustments. Again, this is probably the long way around.

    I use a band saw (sometimes a jigsaw, though it can get a little dicey) to cut it out, which usually leaves a little extra material on some of the curves that I take off with a file or something of the like. It's slower, but a little more exacting, and I like to make it as good as possible as I intend to re-use the template on multiple basses.
  3. I cut my paper plans, then rubber tack them to MDF to trace the shape. Then I cut with the bandsaw and smooth the edges with files and sand paper.

    I've done a few straight onto 12mm MDF, but I've started using a different method using master and working templates. Trace onto 3mm MDF, which is the master template, then transfer that onto a 12mm MDF board and route the edge using a pattern bit, which will be used as the working template. This was discussed in a recent thread.
  4. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I take the easy way out, I have the design sized to spec at a copy center and have it sof laminated. I then tape the laminate to the birch I use for templates...don't ask, I just ended up with a lot of extra birch scrap from a woodworker friend of mine.....I trace the design out, cut it out on the bandsaw, and finish it up on my spindle sander. That's just how I do it.

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