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For everyone who gets excited by rare timbers, turned on by a good burr, or maybe you just have a technical query about working something new? Feel free to show off your 'non-guitar' wood projects too!

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American Chestnut

Started by Wade. Last reply by Brian A. Oleksa Aug 27, 2013. 2 Replies

Quilted Walnut??

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Comment by smilingdog1 on December 31, 2012 at 3:29pm

Here is a sample he sent me home with. It's hard to see all the grain refractions the light reflects when moved under a lamp. This is quarter saw and not sure what the wood is, could be white oak. It's gorgeous and will jump out under a coat of oil.

Comment by smilingdog1 on December 31, 2012 at 3:20pm

Don't know if this does them justice but here is a sample of imports and local varieties. I've recently contacted a locale hardwood lumberman that takes great care in milling, kiln drying and selecting choice wood and he beats everyone's price I've found thus far. It's all local wood only. Cherry, maple, beech, walnut red oak etc. I have to wait till my pocket fills up again and take a trip over there and load up.

Comment by Mark Lindsay on December 5, 2012 at 6:39am

Howdy, Jamie. I've been using reclaimed/recycled woods for years in various projects and have come up with several places to source materials. Check out the smaller locally owned lumber yards. They tend to be a little pricier than the big box DIY stores, but they almost always have a MUCH better selection. You might also look in your yellow pages for Hardwoods. Local cabinet and countertop shops will often times order supplies for you, sell what extra they have, or often let you root around through their scrap. Most of them will let you take whatever they're about to toss in the garbage for free, as long as you don't make a mess digging it out. For thinner stock, also check with local hardwood flooring suppliers and installers. They toss smaller pieces of decent scrap all the time. Think outside the big box.

Comment by ron carlson on December 5, 2012 at 5:57am

Hey Jamie,  Rockler usually has a pretty nice selection of exotics veneer from about 1 1/2"w to @5"w.  1/8" and 1/4" available.   The one I go to is in Maplewood MN. just adjacent to the Maplewood Mall off White Bear Ave and Beam.

Comment by jamie bark on December 5, 2012 at 5:15am

What are some good sources for thin stock (eighth inch or so) wood? Thinking about laminating some scrolled designs on some boxes... thought about sacrificing some other boxes, but I would rather use them on other instruments. Haven't found any 1/8" stock at the big box DIY stores- trying to keep my finds cheep too. Reclaimed wood would be great...  

Comment by Habanera Hal on October 27, 2012 at 12:08am

GS - That link doesn't seem to work, but they look to be pretty close to me.  I'll try to swing by the place sometime next week.  Thanks!

Comment by G.S.Monroe on October 26, 2012 at 11:55am

Habanera Hal - have you tried

Special Interest Inc/All Surplus 1886 NW 29th Street  Ft Lauderdale, 33311

It looks like they stock reclaimed cypress. Might be worth a look.

Comment by Habanera Hal on October 24, 2012 at 6:38am

G.S. - Yeah, that's some pretty stuff, I hear I makes good soundboards!  Wish I could get some for my ukes!

Comment by G.S.Monroe on October 24, 2012 at 6:33am

I just joined the group. I live down in the deep south, and I enjoy working with local wood. Some of it is rarely seen used in musical instruments. My favorite? Old growth "sinker" cypress, yea that ancient stuff dredged up from gulf coast rivers and swamps. The color and grain is very different than anything else I've worked with. I was experimenting one day, and made a cypress soundboard. Planed it down to 3/16 inch, and thumped it. The stuff rang out nicely. After building my first all cypress stick dulcimer I was hooked. Here is a picture of what it looks like with a rubbed tung oil finish.

Comment by Suspect Device on September 2, 2012 at 9:48am

Kamani sure is some pretty wood. Mark, you could get a lot out of those smaller pieces by using it for bridges and fingerboard dots. That sort of iridescence-thing you're talking about reminds me of some types of mahogany, which makes for great looking dots. If you have any pieces around 17"-17.5" in length, you might be able to get a 22" or 23" scale fingerboard out of it.


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