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  • Here we go! Found a little flea market that has bundles of these veneers at a ridiculous low price. Wish I wasn't so broke today I'd have bought all of them. A stack here of 21 sheets Birdseye maple each measures 8"x14".306027396?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024

  • Thanks guys, I'm using a scraper then sanding this piece after running it through my 13" table top planer. I'm learning the scraper is a good way to remove material, keep it leveled and less likely to chip the grain. This piece will end up on a lap guitar in a few weeks.

  • For thin stocky, you can mill your own in small quantities easily.  I had a old luthier guy tell me this one.  Say I have a board that's 3/4 or so, but I want 1/4 or 1/8, my bandsaw won't make such a fine cut, and the table saw would just destroy it.  Secure the wood to the top of your workbench and plane it down with a power hand planer.  Be VERY careful, doesn't take much inattention to ruin a stick with way. 

  • It's really easy to tell the difference between white ash and white oak.  Seriously taste the wood, just a lick will do.  The ash will taste sweetish, oak will be bitter.  Oak tend to be a lot more brittle as well.  The rough cut ends will feel more prickly compared to ash.  I use a lot of local stuff here in Maine. Often in older wood color can be misleading, especially if weathered.  I have learned to identify primarily by feel and smell.

  • Morning, SmilingDog. The light colored wood in your 5th photo down from the top looks very much like white ash - in fact, I'd bet on it. White ash is a great hardwood to work. It machines nicely and takes a finish very well. I like it better than oak, but that's just a personal opinion. The most common use for it is baseball bats and tool handles, so you know it's a hard, stable, durable wood.

    All in all, it looks like you got a nice stash going!

  • 305952022?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024The neck above is maple, Cocobolo fret board, head stock is sandwiched in with layered ebony/Cocobolo/ebony. Local wood middle, ebony chunk bottom.

  • 305952842?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024Wenge wood at the bottom here, very hard and lovely colored grains running through it. Local cherry above that, next is a thin piece of Congolese rosewood, then Ebony of which I use all the time.

  • 305950783?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024These are imports, Blood wood and purple heart, both of which are messy to sand but beautiful without adding color. The Mahogany here is tight grained lite colored, not sure where it's from, I have several varieties laying around.

  • 305951660?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024This is local cherry, all these are from the Midwest east of St. Louis MO. 40"x4"x1"

    It has some weight to it and is medium density, I grade it nether soft nor hardwood.

    Easy to sand, nice for a neck I'm thinking.

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Scenes from my recent trip to the private sawmill.

This is a short video of my sawmill connection cutting up a river cypress log that I just bought from him. Out of this purchase, I managed to get 3 saw planks of 8 ft x 2" x 26"  AAA+ quartersawn lumber that I will be re-sawn into book matched soundboards.005.JPG003.JPG015.JPG

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American Chestnut

Hey Folks, I may have found a source for some old resawn american chestnut. Has anyone worked with this wood before? looking to make some necks or fretboards out of this stuff. I haven't seen the wood yet so I thought I would get your opinions. Thanks! Wade

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Quilted Walnut??

Hi all, new to the group and to wood in general. Always took it for granted since I was never crafting anything from it, until now. I recently picked up a 6 foot 1x4 of walnut from Menards awhile back. Took it home and resawed it and cut it down to appropriate sizes and stowed it away. Anyhow, pulled this piece out this week for a build and the "coloring" (I don't think it is the grain, is it?) is really nice. Is this what is refered to as "quilted" wood? Did I mistakenly do something right…

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Koa. Westside!

I work in a bunch of koa that was given to me by an ex-girlfriend who went to visit her grandmother on the big island . She brought me some of the nicest boards back that i could ask for for making fingerboards or bridge and tail blocks.#958 fNeck for the Flor de Fuller..jpg

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