One man's trash is another man's trashy Dolphin Nose bass

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Now the sander is in the garage. The shop vac in the shed is pretty plugged but still works. I take a pass without the dust collector connected to the sander.

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It was working but the wind was blowing dust everywhere, so I just went and got out the wet dry and hooked it up. It's interesting that the wet dry pipe doesn't fit a reducer which doesn't fit the sander....nothing fits. I taped it temporarily and will have to source out better parts I guess. Anyway things got sanded to 1.125 thick. The Jet sander works like a champ even in 30 degree temps and with poor vacuum.

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I’ve taken to 3D printing adaptors for my power tools - it’s very easy to whip up a design which exactly matches the diameters you need, they don’t take too long to print either:
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Having said that, since I printed these I upgraded to a Trend T35A dust extractor, and the stepped adaptor which came with that has been uncannily good at fitting a lot of my tools.
 

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I’ve taken to 3D printing adaptors for my power tools - it’s very easy to whip up a design which exactly matches the diameters you need, they don’t take too long to print either:
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Having said that, since I printed these I upgraded to a Trend T35A dust extractor, and the stepped adaptor which came with that has been uncannily good at fitting a lot of my tools.


I thought of that yesterday. My 3d printer is kind of idle most days so it could be a good winter project. A bit loose would be better than tight on the tolerances too.
 

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I positioned the top between the wide edges. I'm good but there wasn't as much spare room as I would like normally. I drew a pencil line around the top. I was thinking how am I going to keep the top from sliding. I generated some alternatives.

A few times I've glued blocks down. I'd have to wait for the glue to dry.

I only had 4 brads in the bottle. That's not enough. I didn't want to drill holes to be plugged later either.

I didn't have any round toothpicks.

The only wood dowel I had was .5 dia...too fat.

Then I remembered I uncovered some kabob skewers in the kitchen..... and kabobs your uncle. They were between 1/8 and 7/64 wide.


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I have the same bass, an original '63 , I bought in the late 80's from Want Ad Digest from a college kid in Ct for $200..I got Joey Spampinato from NRBQ to sign it years ago..he played one as well..


I think I got mine for 50 dollars at our local flea market. For a number of years before Ebay, I could get a lot of good deals. Ludwig snares for 10 dollars. Lots of Chicago made instruments for 10 dollars each. Ebay and Antiques Roadshow kind of ruined it to some degree.
 

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Well no snow today so although it is cold we can rout in the shed. Bitteroot got the rod to me 2 days ago so again....kudos to him/them on the fast shipping, especially this week. These import rods take a 1/4" slot and bit. I found the center and lined up the fence.


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Then a couple more passes until the rod sat just a hair below the wood. The bottom of these rods are not parallel to the top rod, which is why I prefer a hot rod from stewmac. Thus we need to fuss with slot to accomodate the nut and the slight taper. Not a huge deal...but it's still more work than a hotrod.

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Then on to the edge sander. The belt is a bit worn and it was taking longer than I thought it would. Time for a new belt. I did what I could and then decided to flush trim the rest off. The body is 1.125 plus the top which is a hair over .25.

The cutter is 1"long by .5 dia. This means I had to lower the bit and do the remainder.


Sanding close and using a Whiteside bit...no tearout to speak of.

I do have defects to fill anyway, so that's why I wasn't concerned with the inevitable tearout when doing this perimeter flush trim rout procedure.

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