Step 5: Laminating the Wood, Roughing out and Shapping a a Neck Blank:

Alright the neck that I created consisted of Four (4) pieces of Aspenwood. The Two pieces I used in the center were slightly thicker then the Two pieces I used for both sides of the neck blank. *As an optional step I took some wood stain and stained the sides of the thinner pieces. (This was to create a visible line between the sections of wood.)

1. Lay out your planks of wood. I separated the planks in Two (2) parts. One thick and one thin. It is important to place the 2 planks together with the same paths of the wood grain. In other words the 4 planks should be glued together with the wood grain flowing upward toward the top of the neck.
*NOTE: The reason for this process is to increase the strength of the neck blank after lamination and to allow for cleaner cutting.

2. Now that you have the boards set up, You will want to position your clamps so that you can easily place the neck blank in them after applying the glue. Place the clamps equaly side by side in a row.

3. Now for the glue. Make sure that your pieces of wood are as clean as they can be. You want the glue to adhere to the wood as perfectly as it can with no obstructions. take a damp cloth and wipe down the wood to get it a little moist. *DO NOT GET IT TOO WET! just enough to open up the poors in the wood a little. Next Take some glue and carefully apply it along the length of the board so that it is covered with a thin layer of glue. Do this same process to the other board that you will be gluing to. Now repeat this process so that all 4 pieces are glued together.

4. When you have all the boards glued together place them into the clamps and tighten the clamps up *Remember that you want to have as much pressure as the clamps can provide. Have a damp cloth ready so that you can wipe off any glue that seeps out of the seams. (It is much easier to get the glue off when it is wet)

5. When everything is set up and secured in the clamps. Its time to walk away for a while. This is where patience is important. Keep the clamps on for a period of at least 2 days so that all of the moisture from the glue can properly dry out.


.Now that you have your body blank lamented, its time to rough it out and shape it. For this sequence of steps you will need your bandsaw, orbital sander, belt sander, files and rasps and also a carving chisel if you have one.

1. Begin by marking out where the headstock will be on the neck blank.
2. Mark out the location of the end of the fretboard. This should be exactly 24 inches from the end of the headstock where your nut will be.
3. Mark off where you will be bolting the neck onto the body. I recommend at least 4 inches of space that will make up this area.
4.For the contour of the neck mark off 2 inches along the underside of the neck lengthwise as the distance to where the fretboard will glue onto.
5. With these measurements made cut off excess wood from the neck blank using your bandsaw.
6.Use in combination the belt sander, orbital sander and rasps to begin to shape the neck down to its refined dimensions.
7. If you have a woodcarving chisel, use it!! It is very time consuming but for some reason very rewarding.When using a woodcarving chisel remember to make your gouges with the grain not against it.
...i ME GUSTA padauk...very nice...is it a tonewood though?
thats a very unique instrument<br>
How long did it take you to make the body, neck and head? and to get it all together
man that bass looks *ahem* grreaaat.... guess that's what practice is for...<br>
&quot;Yes, indeed that is why practice is important.&quot;
Could you put in a hard disk drive to drive the pickup/s combination?<br />
Try it out, I like the way you think!
In Step 13 picture 4, you have a load of clamps. Are they made by you?<br /> It looks like they would be good to make an instructable with too.<br /> It looks like 2 flat blocks of hardwood, 2 long screw things of metal, 4 bolts that could sit in the wood.<br /> 1 or 2 handles to turn the metal screw things. And what else?<br /> <br /> By the way, incredible instructable. I want to make a body with many holes in it, not just for carrying it, and thought maybe I could cut out all the knots, if I had a knotted body bit. The neck would be easier with all those clamps though.<br />
They are made by a company called Jorgenson; I think it's Swiss. I bet you could make your own pair though as long as you find a strong piece of hardwood.<br />
can i use palochina wood for the neck?<br />
I am unfamiliar with Palochina wood. I suppose check out the physical properties of the wood including its tonal qualities. If it seems strong and solid enough, and without knots then I suppose it would be a good wood to use. You will want to make sure that the soundwill remain at a constant from the top to the bridge of the scale. If the sound is inhibited in any way from sending its wave through length of the neck and into the body than you will produce a possibly undesirable resonance.<br />
That's really nice. But you shouldn't write in caps. It's like yelling and not pleasant to the eyes.<br /> Cool design<br />
Great instructable, thank you.&nbsp; A few details were left out that I would&nbsp; like to know.&nbsp; Frets for instance, but it seems like you haven't gotten that far yet so I can't knock you for that.&nbsp;&nbsp; Overall I love it.&nbsp; I learned a few things that I didn't know from other research.&nbsp; I'm planning on making my own bass body, but I'm still a little intimidated by making the neck so I think I'll just order a neck blank so I can design the head.&nbsp; Anyways, thanks a lot.&nbsp; I hope to see more from you.<br />
I wish I could see more of the wiring. And also, if you or someone could make an instructable on making the frets
I didn't cover the details of the wiring because it will all depend on what pickups or pickup combination you use. This is the diagram for the pickup I used for this project. As far as the frets go, when I get them in the mail I will be sure to add them to the follow up guide that is in the works about adding finishing touches to a bass guitar.
That sounds great!
I just wanted to add this picture. Stay tuned for the guide on how to finish and touch up your custom built bass guitar. It should answer any questions that were left unanswered.
Although this is detailed as far as it goes, it is incomplete. As for what I liked, I really like the idea of making a prototype first. That should be done any time you make something that has real value. Unfortunately with this Instructable, you are going to need it to fill in the missing detail. This Instructable has too many grammatical and spelling errors as well as out of focus pictures and unexplained pictures to justify the "featured" label. My first inclination was to downgrade it simply for typing in all caps. The caps disappeared but my inclination was confirmed along the way with numerous other errors that make it hard to read. Furthermore it does not have enough detail in the electronics to make any kind of guitar. The design of the bridge is clever but has a few flaws that any electric guitar player should recognize. I think the author has all the knowledge to make this a great Instructable. I would love to see it cleaned up. He has taken much of the mystery out of guitar making but there are a few tricks he hasn't covered well enough. Maybe the electronics part should be taken out of this Instructable and a second Instructable made that specialized in wiring an electric guitar.
I took your advice and changed the body through string setup. I created slots for the strings in a piece of brass that has the saddles mounted on. I actually got it tuned much better than I had had it before. Thanks for your help in pointing out that problem in the bridge design.
Very cool. I built a guitar from a kit that sounds great. I'm tempted to tackle a full bass from scratch for one of my next projects, and seeing this made me think it's not beyond my abilities. Are you leaving it fretless?
Good detail/images. Liked the Padauk wood. Never heard of it before but it looks good laminated on the bass.
Even though it looks a little rough around the edges its still a detailed guide to making a bass. I'm guessing the 'ugly' factor is because it isn't polished up, but I don't think that custom decorations are necessary for this guide. Anyways, quite extensive for one of your first instructibles. I look forward to see what else you can make along the way.
It looks odd, yes, but I will definitely have to try this out. Thank you.
looks a little.... ugly<br/><br/>but better then i can do <sub>especially because i don't have half of the tools required to do the job</sub><br/>

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