Jawbone, I am using part of it for something like that too. And I'm mounting a few short sections onto wood plaques for gifts to relatives. I ended up with almost 4 feet so I came up with this idea. The doghouse was in Attala County Mississippi and I have an old Attala County license plate to use for a resonator.
The pine in the rafter feels hard to me.
"doghouse" in the reply above is actually log house
B&Q have stair case upright 'spindles' in white oak only slightly rounded. I got 4 ukulele necks out of one at £8.95 by splitting it up the middle and cutting in half. They are 40mm wide so I will try a four string canjo next using a full split length of one metre. I agree - I hate buying anything but hard wood seems wirth a bit extra.
I was told the B&Q hardwood floor samples for £3 make a cheap uke fretboard too!
I once made a coffee table out of Parana pine which seemed very hard and no knots - not sure where it comes from ot availability now.
All very true. If you check guitar history, Leo Fender made the first few Tele's out of pine. Necks as well, with no truss rod. Unfortunatly, the right pine is hard to get your hands on. At least here in BFLO. I'm always on the search.
Regarding softwoods I might add, that If you want hardness in a softwood with some wild grain patterns, try getting hold of a piece of hemlock that doesn't have a lot of knots in it.
I've made some tables out of hemlock and let me tell you, there some hard and tough and it looks great.
Norway (Red) pine is another over looked species of softwood that's mighty hard and has a beautiful grain to it although it does have a lot of knots and can contain resin pockets, if you can find a fairly clear piece it would make fine neck stock IMO.
what about cedar? i recently got some lengths of 4 x 1 cedar and was thinking about necks but it feels very light.
stronger than pine though?
Yeah, I got wise to the uses of hemlock as a kid working for neighbors who used it to fence in their pastures, we used rough cut green 2x8's & 12's, when they dried they where rock hard, took the horses a long,long time to chew them up.
Over the years I've had occasion to use it for any number of projects, I prefer working it up green because when it dries it's as hard as red oak to work, has an outstanding grain to it and takes stain pretty good too.
Lou, never seen it stained. Would love to get a look at that.