It's been a very long time since I last built. My life in the military has taken away much of my free time until recently (and even now, I have until the beginning of July before I'm gone for another 6 months) I've always been an admirer of Carl Thompson's bass designs. I became an even bigger fan of his after watching a number of his Youtube videos and saw a remarkable similarity between him and my late grandfather, Gunnar (a true rennasaince man). My 15 year old son's birthday is August 22nd and I had originally planned on having this done for him. While he sees me working on it he has no idea that it is intended for him. Now I'm on a time constraint and I'll see how far I can get things done. The end goal is a 36" scale, 5 string frettless. The neck and body is made up of laminates using eastern curly maple, black walnut, western big leaf burl and eventually, either a ziricote or African ebony fretboard - I'm still sourcing that out as it's a bit trickier finding a 29" fingerboard blank. Anyways, I'm not the greatest at documenting "how" I build as I build solo and I don't think my wife really wants to stand around taking pictures as I work. Instead, I more or less photograph the progress but I'll try and provide description as to my methods. So, here we go....... The beginning of the neck laminate. The taper jig to cut the scarf joint and taper the neck Scarf joint glued up. After the scarf joint is glued up, I true up the sides by cutting the taper of the neck all the way to the end of the headstock (something I saw CT does) then glue up the last two side laminates of the black walnut. All measurements taken into consideration this gives me the final dimension from the heel to the nut/headstock transition area. I use my grandfathers trusty stanley plane to take down the highs on the top of the neck, place it in my planer sled and send it through my thickness planer giving me a perfect top surface. Some walnut curlies. I glue up some 1/2" thick pieces of Burl (tapered on my jig), black walnut and hard maple strips. I'll thin this down to 1/16' on the planer... A couple strips glued down on a sacrificial piece of mdf to serve as a planer sled. High spots hand planed down Soon to be headstock veneer is wedged into position and ready to go through the planer. Fingers crossed... The veneer was a success! After glueing up the headstock with multiples laminates of BW, Maple and a couple slices of White birch on the outsides for fun, it's glue time! A little bit of tung oil to see how the burl looks. Boring shot but this is the start of laminating the body. "How do you make a hole without making a hole?" This is CT's answer to mortis and tenon construction, You build the mortise around the tenon. Doing this I was able to keep within what I would say are some decent tolerances. I match the taper of the neck to the taper of the body block and then glue up the "sides" of the mortis Surely pure luck but this 15/10000's makes it fit like a glove! Some nice straight lines Headstock taking shape Further development Just working on the headstock logo and will update in a few days.