- - Heads or Tails
|mrz2u ||09-13-2013 04:09 PM |
Heads or Tails
Came across this stick at the lumber yard today…picked it up for $20. Its 63 x 6.75 rough, I suspect it will joint out at no less than 6.5 if I do both edges or better if I only do one, lenty wide for a top either way. It is not thick enough to bookmatch so I would probably want to separate the two pieces with a neckthru core if they don’t sit together to my satisfaction. Thought all along was to use the clean side but after milling it out flat I dunno, I almost like the back side…more so if its separated by the neck.
What do you think?
The clean side looks like this all over…
Here is the back…and the "defects" are plenty long enough to cover the two wings as well.
Beautiful. I could see it used as wings or as a center-piece w/the spaulted side forward. I'm personally not impressed with exotic Woody Woodchuck/cutting board basses/bodies, but have nothing against a beautiful piece of tone-wood if it's used tastefully. Hope you decide to use this piece of nature to nurture your DIY spirit!
|pilotjones ||09-13-2013 11:16 PM |
If you're considering using the "clean" (un-stained) side - and if the clean face is toward the outside of the tree - then you will want to make sure that there is enough clean wood thickness to not sand or mill through it, hitting the stained wood, during construction and finishing.
|Hopkins ||09-13-2013 11:41 PM |
What is the thickness of the board?
I think I would just make a solid top out of it. Being birds eye and not curly or quilt maple, a book match isn't all that necessary. It looks to have a pretty straight grain on either side, so if you cut it, and find the best matching grain, one would have to look pretty hard to see that its not book matched, or even a solid top.
Personally I would use the clean side facing up. Birdseye maple is beautiful as it is, and I think the discoloration takes away from it. As far as what PJ said, I would do most of the milling from the bottom side, taking just enough off the clean side to get it flat.
|mrz2u ||09-14-2013 09:34 AM |
Originally Posted by Hopkins
What is the thickness of the board?
I think I would just make a solid top out of it. Being birds eye As far as what PJ said, I would do most of the milling from the bottom side, taking just enough off the clean side to get it flat.
I started off as 4/4 rough. I didnt have to take much off to get both sides flat but I also have not measured it since. If I had to make a guess its close to 3/4in.
I was also thinking that the stains may come through so I dont plan on doing any more milling on that side should I want to take it down. Up towards the part where the staining is largest its got a few spots poking through but there is nothing on the other end and there is plenty of length down there for both wings. I had this problem on this piece of Cherry which is now right at 1/2 and I dont want to mill it any more so this may be a pickguard type body to cover the defects on which ever side I use. I hate to split this one since its about 15 wide but thats an option to deal with that big defect.
|Big B. ||09-14-2013 10:34 AM |
Clean birdseye looks great anywhere but I like to use the streaky stuff in fingerboards.
|Son of Magni ||09-14-2013 12:47 PM |
3/4 is plenty thick enough to bookmatch.
|mrz2u ||09-15-2013 09:34 PM |
not if you want no less than 1/2 for a carved top and also not with those stains lurking on the back side it aint
|KramerDon ||09-18-2013 02:17 PM |
I'd use the clean side but it's whatever you prefer,everyone has different tastes.I personally might even use the cherry instead,once it darkens,I'll bet it'll really be beautiful!! Especially if you could cover the defect with the bridge or pickup?
|mrz2u ||09-19-2013 04:47 PM |
Originally Posted by KramerDon
...Especially if you could cover the defect with the bridge or pickup?
If I put three humbuckers on a guitar vs bass I could cover the one in the second pic. The first pic defect is too off center to completely cover with pickups. A Strat pickguard covers both just fine but the first one looks best in that case. Bummer cause its a fine piece of lumber otherwise!
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