ok i want to do string a through the lid using a brace do i need the ferrules on bottom of the brace and then top of the lid or is that over kill ? and question #2 i want to build a 12 string lap do you think an oak 1x4 would be strong enough or should i brace just to be sure ? its a solid body lap so there is that added strength too .

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I would double up that 1x4 for the lap steel, but that's just based on what I would do, not any failed experience with a 1x4 12-string steel.  For the additional cost of an extra board, it is relatively inexpensive insurance.  Use a contrasting wood for some interest, maybe.

the 1x4 came off a dresser lol so ill see if i can find something else . thanks man .

Give it a whirl then.  You only got time and a board to loose.  If it bows under tension, you can always remove strings and play until you can find a reinforcement.

well i used a little red neck science and put it between 2 blocks and bounced on it . dont think it will work . it started popping and cracking .  may just use a 2x4 and cut out what i dont need .

Also, I'd pop ferrules in on both top and bottom.

ok thanks . wasnt sure if it was pointless or not .

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