Howdy.  Curious what kind of wood wine boxes are typically made of.  Looks like common cedar to me.  Any guesses?  If it is cedar I plan on planing it down and using it for a flat-top mandolin.

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sorry, just now realized this got in the wrong forum.

Hi Mark

Yes- it looks like common cedar to me too, and although i’ve not done anything fancy like plane it or cut curves in it, i’ve had pretty good results with it as it comes (well- sanded, oiled, waxed, and edges bevelled to be fair). The first pair (sorry about the dim light) were experiments- the one on the left is cedar top and bottom, kept apart by 20mm-square pine (spot the real kludge under the wickedbucker, which is why i’m keeping it); the right hand one is just a cedar face over a plywood box, but it sounds pretty good unplugged. The second pair are works in progress (bright light but sorry about the cistern), both cedar top and bottom, separated by 32mm pine. I’ve got a humbucker set aside for both of these.

The good thing about wine box timber is that it gives a nice heft to the body, and they’re a helluva lot easier to come by in the UK than cigar boxes. The bonus is that a lot of them have interesting grain, knots and so forth, so they really repay a bit of work with oil and wax. Nice smell when you’re sanding it too...



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