How Do You Build a Washtub Bass?


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To build a washtub bass, punch a hole in a washtub, thread a string through the hole and attach it to a broomstick. Materials needed include a washtub, a saw, a cotton or nylon line, a power drill, a hammer, some gloves, a broomstick and a nail. You should be able to build a working washtub bass in under 45 minutes.

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  1. Prepare the stick

    Put on work gloves, and then drill a hole about 2 inches from the top of the stick. To prevent the wood from splitting, wrap the end in metal wire. On the bottom of the stick, use the saw to cut a small groove that is roughly the same width as the rim on the base of the washtub.

  2. Punch a hole in the washtub

    Turn the tub upside down, and line up the nail with the center of the washtub. Hit the nail with the hammer to puncture the metal. Remove the nail from the hole.

  3. Thread the string through the instrument

    Tie a large knot at one end of the string to prevent it from sliding through the washtub. If you cannot make the knot large enough to stop the string from sliding, tie the end of the string to a small wooden peg. Then, run the string through the hole you just punched in the washtub from the inside to the outside. Thread the string through the hole on top of the broomstick, wrap it a few times and tie it off.

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