Quick note before I go teach tonight...
Got Ben's bass planed down to the correct thickness without a planer. It's too big for my 12" planer (15" is on my wish list, lovely wife), so I spent a good chunk of the day realigning boards and doing it with a router, one swipe at a time.
Anyway, I planed the back to keep a flat gluing surface for the top to go on (perhaps tomorrow, if I can acquire a good resawing blade by then), then sanded it flat with the orbital sander. A few pics of the process: [gallery]
Perhaps I'll have something interesting to say later in the evening, as well. Have a lovely day, y'all.