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Twisted body blank

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tdogg, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. tdogg

    tdogg Supporting Member

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    Hello I need some advice.

    I just bought a piece of mahogany (sipo) to make a bass body on Ebay. It is approximately 59" x 7 1/2" x 2 1/8".

    The ebay listing said that the piece had a slight twist. My thought was that I could just feed it through the planer a few times and cut it in half and build the body out of it.

    Well, it's twisted all right, probably 1/2" from one end to the other. :eyebrow:

    So whats the best way to remedy this? I own a 13" power planer, a safe-T-planer, and a table saw, among other tools.

    My thought is to cut two 24" pieces out of it, flatten it as much as I can with the safe-T-planer and then feed it through the planer.

    I will be putting a top, and possibly a back, on this body, so I can go as thin as 1 3/8"

    Thanks!
  2. HaMMerHeD

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    I'd find someone with an 8" or bigger jointer and flatten one side with that. Then surface it to your desired thickness.
  3. noiseguy

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    Well, cutting crosswise will get twist down to 1/4.

    I'd be tempted to steam it and untwist the wood.
  4. bolophonic

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    Be careful running mahogany through a planer. I worked on a project that required me to spend a day running mahogany through a planer and it turned out that I had a terrible allergy to the dust. I wound up suffering from full-on anaphylaxis and the prognosis for future exposure is even worse.
  5. CholisGuitars

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    Make a planer sled to flatten one side, then run the other through the planer normally. That's how I flatten boards that are too wide for my jointer.
  6. Jensby design

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    Yes, here is a video of someone using one http://youtu.be/8UONmuQt_98 maybe a bit excessive but you get the point.
  7. sowilson

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    You want to plane one face with a jointer and then run it through a planer. An 8" jointer should do. You can also use a jointer plane (Stanley #6, #7, #8 or equivalent) and do it by hand (not all that hard if the blade is sharp). Or get in touch with the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild and see if someone is in your area and can do it for you. Many of the MWG members have large jointers (i.e. 12", 14")
  8. abarson

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    Incorporate the twist to become an ergonomic body.

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