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A Bass Case!

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by nobucks, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. nobucks

    nobucks Well-Known Member


    I got tired of transporting my Peavey bass in the soft gig bag, so I decided to make myself a hard case. Materials are 1/4" plywood for the top and bottom and 1/4" pine boards for the sides. Construction is glue and staples.

    I didn't think to start taking photos until I was this far into the process. I used blue foam board to cut out the guitar body shape. The lining is a plush, short nap faux fur. The covering for the case is a thin vinyl with a nice leather-look texture.

    Here's the bass nestled in the case.

    The side pieces for the top, glued and stapled.

    I fit the top pieces to the base using the lip that I installed in the bottom as a jig.

    The plywood top was then glued and stapled in order to hold it all to shape.

    Covering the top...

    ...only to find that I ran out of spray adhesive when I was almost finished. I was sure I had another can of that stuff laying around. Oh well...tomorrow.
  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Nice transfer of skills to another area, Joel. Should protect the instrument well.
  3. nobucks

    nobucks Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jack! This is my first try at making a box.

    Finished! The suitcase handle was brown, but since this photo I've painted it black with Krylon Fusion plastic paint.

    Closed. But...

    It opens! And, after I open it, I can close it again!

    The bass in its new home.

    The handle after painting.

    The hinges. I was going to use a piano hinge, but I decided that it was overkill.
  4. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Sides need more flare to get rocker. :) J.D. can help you there. (He's my Grandpa.)
  5. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Nice case Joel. :)
    :wink: Pay no attention to Jack, he is trying to become a little boy again. Old people start a second childhood. I think this his third, or fourth one.:roll:

  6. nobucks

    nobucks Well-Known Member

    Maybe I should strap it on the back of my kayak in case a white whale sinks my boat. I could do an Ishmael and float around on it until the whaling boat Rachel picks me up. :lol:
  7. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Playing Dueling Banjos, ehh? Anyway, I like your bass case.

    Aww, J.D., that hurt. :wink:
  8. GIMike

    GIMike Member

    Next, to build a guitar....
  9. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Mike, go visit Island Piper (Piper San, Keith Davis) in Ponchatoula LA. He makes guitars, violins, mandolins, and cellos. Starts out with a chisel and a block of wood, ends up with a pile of shavings and a guitar (or other instrument).
    Very killed craftsman. All-time good guy.
  10. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    What? Not a SOF guitar case? :?
    Good looking case.
  11. nobucks

    nobucks Well-Known Member

    No, but I was going to use vinyl that we have on hand from when we changed to ballistic nylon, but I may still use that to skin one of my kayaks I have hanging in the garage.

    As far as building a guitar, I'm going to build a Saga 5-string bass kit so I can get the hang of it, then I'm going to build another 4-string from scratch, or almost from scratch. I'm planning on building a copy of a Fender Precision Bass built around an aftermarket Fender neck. I'll post pics as I make progress.

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