I’ve made a couple of trips to the local Home Depot and Lowe’s and their wood sucks!  Only have poplar and some oak and NONE of it is straight.  Most of it is not even close to straight!  Is that normal?  Where are y’all finding your neck wood stock?  Where are you finding woods like maple, walnut, etc?

Going to head to the closest Woodcraft (50 miles).  Hopefully they have some decent selection of something that is straight.  Are any of you ordering wood from online sources?



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Thanks will probably need to do that......


Hi, I do as you other guys do, sort through the stack. At the hardware stores its a lot easier, as in the photo I have posted before. In a timber yard its a bit more demanding, as in the photo of a stack of rosewood I picked out of a huge pile over 3 years. In this case I identified what was suitable down the pile, and waited until others had purchased what was on top so there was less for me to move. 

I was looking for quartersawn boards while other buyers did not care. I got it cheaper years before it was stocked in Luthier supply outlets and received a more expensive status.

If I could not get it on a good 1/4 cut [in the 3rd photo] I do as you guys have already mentioned. I recut and reglued, I removed any bows first so as not to have any stress in the piece.

Notice how the angled grain orientated. And in the middle photo the boards and neck blanks are "stickered" so as to have air movement all around.


Great info.  Thanks!


Try Parker's building supply on Court st. Stores like that usually have better grades.

LOL, I forgot about that place.  Good idea, thanks!


Good grief, I live in floriduh and I have to tell you what's in your back yard. Are you really allowed to play with sharp objects? LOL 

Yup.  And they even let me play with fire.  Great ain’t it!



Hibdon Hardwood has irregular neck blanks at a very reasonable price
A guy can get 2 CBG necks from each blank
The Spanish Cedar is a personal fave


Thanks.  i’ll Check out Hibdon.  I love working with Spanish Cedar.  Have built some Ukulele necks with it.

You're welcome sir, glad to help


if you can find a real lumber mill near you, you should find lots of good options. I found the one in the link by searching near San Antone. It’s fun to go there and they have lots of choices. Buying hardwoods at home schmepot is severely limited. Good luck!


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