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Basswood strips

Postby Darrell Parks » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:30 pm

Saw some basswood strips at a hobby shop. It appears that two pieces bent and fastened into a hoop would make a banjo body for an old time banjo. Anyone have any experience or advice on this? Steamed or moistened and wrapped around a form?
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Re: Basswood strips

Postby Mark Swanson » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:23 pm

There's a few different ways to make a banjo pot. I had one once that was made in two halves, and joined at the neck and the end pin, it was not very good. Gluing the pieces together at those points is not a strong way to do it. Have a look on the web, or here in our Archives and see how others are doing it.
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Re: Basswood strips

Postby Michael Lewis » Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:28 am

It doesn't matter what you make it from if you only want to look at it, but if you want to actually use the instrument you will need some structure to counteract the string tension. There is a reason that stout rims are the norm these days. Check with Jon Whitney for some intriguing ideas for making banjos.
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Re: Basswood strips

Postby Bob Menzel » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:24 pm

What the others said, plus: Basswood likes to kink when bent.
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