Okay so I have a cigar box ordered and on its way to me but I now seem to have stumbled at the next hurdle which is trying to find a timber merchant that I can buy pieces of american oak or maple from which to make a neck.  Strangely enough I have a timber supplier less than a mile from my home that will sell me the wood at a reasonable price but it is 6 inches wide, unbelievably the guy informed me that they don't have sawing equipment as they mainly sell to trade and they tend to saw their own as necessary.  Has anyone else had this kind of problem and if so how did you overcome it?  I do not have specialist electrical saws and have no inclination to buy one, for occasional hobby use it would be a waste of money.  Failing that if anyone in the Lincolnshire area knows of a supplier where I could purchase pre-sawn timber I would be grateful for a heads up.  I even thought of buying from the timber merchant and seeing if my local B&Q would cut it to size for me???

Thanks for any help guys.


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Thanks, I am originally form west Yorkshire (Leeds)  and get up the occasionally so might take you up on the offer. I was just trying to share my good fortune, I have struggled with finding materials. I am on my third attempt/ build at the moment and trying to adjust me last one.

Regards David

Hi David, you are welcome to call in anytime, let me know when you are visiting and I will forward my address. Keep up the good work mate, all the best, Chris. :)

I can vouch for the North East Timber folks that Tony posted the link to, I have bought all my fretboard wood from them - they are really happy to help with anything specific if you get in touch with the directly too.

I'll keep the North East Timber link in case I want to attempt a fretted version later on.  At the moment I'm using the KISS principal as I have pretty much zero woodworking skills, all I have is the enthusiasm to have a go.

So many decent people here willing to offer help and advice, glad I found this place.


Anyone in the west yorkshire area looking for wood should check out John Boddy at Boroughbridge. They are specialist timber merchants open to the public and have a great selection of woods and not bad priced.

Another possible supplier Midge.

Gibson Craftwood


They are also on EBay.

Thanks Tony

I'll have a browse on there.  I have 4 pieces on the way for starters.  Oh and 3 boxes acquired so far as well.

I hope to start work on my first at the weekend, just ordered some strings from Chickenbone John too.

Thanks again for the site link.


Just came across this thread late... sorry!

I passed a neighbours house where some solid mahogany window frames were being removed to have PVC fitted. I saved the bottoms of the frames which is basically a 2"x2" section with a tapered lip. I have sawn off the lip leaving me a nice (free) neck blank.

If you're shameless, asking neighbours for bits from skips is usually met with a very positive response.



Skip hunting is my fave way of getting timber. I can walk or drive past without glancing to see if there's anything likely to salvage...to the extent where I can spot something likely at 20 metres away! Furniture is often pretty good, (oak, beech, mahogany is fairly common) but be careful with stuff like those window frames - it will be pretty wet, and will need bringing inside to dry out and stabilise before you start working it.

i was lucky i found a hard wood supplier who stocks American Oak, cuts it and planes to size with their own planing machine, it is important the wood is perfectly flat, unfortunately i do not have the means to get it perfectly straight and flat, i bought some from him yesterday - he did me a good deal on a good number of  3 - 4ft.lengths, Hep i'll give you his number if you fancy ordering what you want and driving down to Bushey Herts. to collect them! (-:

Can't get the wood straight and flat? You just need to get a decent old Stanley or Record plane, hone the blade and set it up right. It really isn't that hard, honestly. I know I've got all the heavy duty kit in my workshop but I wouldn't be without my trusty old try and jack planes...if anything it's more accurate planing by hand than machine, just physically harder work. You get a better surface finish straight off the handtool and don't get that nasty "snipe" at the end of the piece that sometimes happens with machined timber.

i'll give it a try, must be better than going to the Gym..! (-;


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