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Winter Build off 2018 - Walnut Free For All - Get Ready!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Scoops, Sep 22, 2017.


  1. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    It's that time of year again!

    Event: Winter Build off 2018
    Dates: December 21st 2017 thru March 20th 2018
    Theme: Walnut Free For All

    For this years build off, I'd like to have ourselves a Walnut Free For All

    So what is a Walnut Free For All?

    Simple. You can build any style of bass you want as long as the body is at least 65% walnut, and the neck is at least 65% walnut. (this could make for some incredible hippie sandwiches)

    I'm putting this notice out here early so people have ample time to look for the wood they want to use, make plans for their builds and get parts in before the build starts.

    CAUTION: The "cut wood" scenario is what I'll once again use to define the start of your build. DO NOT cut your wood until the build off starts.

    I will once again be contacting vendors for prizes when we are all done.

    So for example I might be building this hippie sandwich out of Flamed Walnut, Flamed Maple, and Padouk

    WBO18-1.

    Or I might just cut the whole bass out of a single piece of Walnut
    WBO-18-2.

    Stay tuned
     
  2. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I'm in.
     
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  3. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
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  4. Jisch

    Jisch Supporting Member

    I'm in. Now I have to think about what I'm in with.
     
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  5. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    This.

    You know you want to.
     
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  6. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    OK, I'm in. Even have an idea of what I'm going to build.
     
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  7. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    K, wait a sec. When you say "cut wood" are you talking no reducing further from prepared billets, or what exactly here? I have a lot of raw boards, plus dimensioned slabs, can I not continue working the raw boards down to dimensioned slabs? I'm not going to cut stringers for the neck, or start gluing things up of course... :)
     
  8. bastav

    bastav

    Mar 11, 2016
    Im in! Already have a project in mind...
     
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  9. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Mmmmm, walnut. :hyper:
     
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  10. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az

    Just got back from the wood store. I'm thinking this will make a pretty stable neck. I don't know what I'm building yet, but it will be made of mostly walnut, and it'll be some kind of musical instrument.
     
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  11. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    This is a great point.

    Last year when we started the contest, everything was right then and there, and the cut wood rule drew a good line for who could be in or not. The "cut wood" rule might not work so well for us this time around.

    So the objective here is to allow people to prepare for the build, but not start.

    I'm thinking we change the "cut wood" rule to the "Pile of wood" rule. Upon entering the contest, the contestant shows their "pile of wood" much like my first pic in this post. Acceptable pieces in the pile would be, Billets, neck blanks, fingerboards, (dimensioned slabs) and thin laminates.

    The thin laminates is a bit tricky. I agree with the idea of cutting stringers as part of the build, but on the other hand, stringers and thin accent pieces can be purchased, so that's why I think they would be considered part of the pile of wood.

    And yes, absolutely no gluing

    All in favor of the pile of wood rule say aye
     
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  12. Jisch

    Jisch Supporting Member

    aye
     
  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Aye!
     
  14. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Aye!
     
  15. JBW

    JBW

    Dec 18, 2010
    Missouri
    Too bad I already started this one! Walnut front, maple center, and mahogany back.

    Walnut bass front. Walnut bass side. Walnut bass back.
     
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  16. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Ya I know!
    I really do!

    But the sandwich is just so tempting
     
  17. You don't often see heavy use of walnut in necks for whatever reason, so I'd caution people to build what they feel is best without worrying about fitting into someone else's arbitrary rules.
     
  18. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    aye!
     
  19. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Stuff like this is by far my favorite part of this forum. :thumbsup:

    Can't wait to see what you all come up with!
     
  20. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Both of those pieces of walnut are beautiful. How about one piece walnut body with book matched flame walnut top, thin layer of flame maple between and exposed to emulate binding? (Or whatever you were gonna do cause I'm sure it's gonna be awesome)