#1
i have been planning out a p bass build for some time now. i am nearing the phase of getting the parts and building it, but i have one question before i can start.

i have a cut of walnut i am planning to cut the body from. the one problem, it is about 4 inches thick and it needs to be about 1.5 inches thick.

how would i go about cutting this thing down to size? all i can think of is planing it and that would take way too much time and effort.

thanks in advance
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#3
id say bring it to a home depot and get them to plain it into two 2" halfs
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+1.

Or have a 4 inch thick guitar, I imagine it'd do the sustain wonders.


Or break your back.
#7
Yeah, dude, keep it thick and make it semi hollow, maybe take it down an inch at your local lumber yard or home improvement store
I, personally, think a semi-hollow bass would be pretty friggin awesome
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#8
alright. i'll get in contact with my local lumber yard about planing it down.
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#9
i would take a bandsaw (if you have one big enough) cut it down to 2 inches, then plan it to your desired height from there.
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#10
^that,

Get a good Bandsaw and a guide and you have the potential for 2 body banks out of that cork soaker.
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#11
Yeah. Bandsaw is definitely the best idea.
Make sure your blade is AT LEAST half inch though.
You said you were using walnut? That shit's hard.
#12
Idk if a bandsaw can handle something the thick (by thick, I mean wide, since you'd be sawing the thickness in half...dunno how well you understood that...).

I KNOW mine won't, but it's just a little benchtop 12" model.
#13
yeah. this is a piece of walnut 35x20 and 4 inches thick.

tell me where i'd get a bandsaw that would cut that.
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#14
do you have a table saw?
one of these things:


Or, you can plane it down about an inch and make a carve top?
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yeah. this is a piece of walnut 35x20 and 4 inches thick.

tell me where i'd get a bandsaw that would cut that.



the industrial size one as my school
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the industrial size one as my school


and which school is that?

(i r in maryland 2)
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#17
We had one that could take that easily at my school, the thing had a huuuge blade and took about 3 minutes for the blade to actually stop moving once the power was cut.

big nasty ol' thing
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#18
^If you have a lumber yard on call then they'll have one. If not, they're a crummy lumber yard. There are plenty of non-tiny bandsaws that'll handle something like that. Just promise me you won't ever agaqin consider just planing it down and losing well over half of the wood in the process.
#19
Yeah, planing that would be such a waste.
And I think the bandsaw at my school could probably take that too. I mean, it's wide as hell, but I think the height is big enough.
I'm sure--like Pikka Bird said--that a lumber yard would have one that would do it, and I'm sure they'd cut it for you (for a fee of course).

And a table saw would cut that. Even taking a pass on both sides with the blade at it's full height wouldn't make it all the way through. At least, I don't think it would.
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and which school is that?

(i r in maryland 2)



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#21
^I don't think it would either. It'd have to be a huuuge one if it should stand any chance of splitting somthing like that. Like the giant circular saws you see in picture from the far east when they split tree trunks into planks right there in the forest.
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^I don't think it would either. It'd have to be a huuuge one if it should stand any chance of splitting somthing like that. Like the giant circular saws you see in picture from the far east when they split tree trunks into planks right there in the forest.

Haha yeah, that's basically the only way that would work out.


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#25
Keep it 35 by 20 by 4 inches and you'll have the world's biggest and best bo diddley guitar ever!
#26
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yeah. this is a piece of walnut 35x20 and 4 inches thick.

tell me where i'd get a bandsaw that would cut that.

If you can't find someone who has a bandsaw big enough you could always cut it so you can resaw it and make a 2 piece body. That could be 4 guitar bodies.
#27
^ +1

or i think someone said something similar,

cut the wood into like 4 strips, and then cut those in half so they are around 2 inches thick and you could even carve an archtop out of those pieces. you'd have to do a 2 piece body though
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