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Ever See a Board You Can't Refuse?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by PDX Rich, Mar 28, 2015.


  1. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Me neither.

    Local Rockler had some good prices going on for some 1/2" figured wood.

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    Cherry. Notice the future resaw.
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    Curly birch on right
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    Really cool paduak
     
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    That padauk almost looks more like a light colored rosewood than padauk.
     
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  3. Jay Jillard

    Jay Jillard Commercial User

    Apr 12, 2014
    Brampton Ontario Canada
    Owner/Luthier, Jillard Guitars
    everytime i go to the woodstore i walk away with something i didn't plan on buying. its a beautiful curse
     
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  4. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    No doubt! Thought it was a wonky blood wood at first.

    Granted, most of this wood goes towards kitchen backsplash, but the wife is letting me keep the crazy bits. I'll get a few tops and some nice other body parts from the boards.

    Will get some better pics with mineral spirits later!
     
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  5. michaelwayneharwood

    michaelwayneharwood Builder of the Wastelands Commercial User

    May 1, 2014
    Colorado
    Owner Melodious Resonance Constructs
    I have to keep myself firmly in check. I came *really* close to bringing home a slab of Russian olive this morning. ;)

    IMAG0344.
     
  6. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Some mineral spirits to pop the grain:

    Cherry:
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    Curly birch:
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    Paduak:
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  7. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Shop is slowly coming together. Still need to move bandsaw to other side of table.
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  8. Some of those pieces are absolutely beautiful. They look delightfully sumptuous!
    I can only imagine what fabulous instruments they will become.
    Thanks for sharing this.
     
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  9. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    It's the cherry figure that really is nuts. When bookmatched, I can see it being some sort of daemon-dragon thing. The issue is that the edge is totally uneven. I can either rip the edge and hope for coolness or hopefully keep it intact when resawn and then perform a bit of lucky magic with epoxy or something.

    All boards are 1/2" thick and 5-7" wide. Long too! 6-8'!

    I'll crosscut the bits I want as if I am using 1/2" body tops and go from there.
     
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  10. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    That is some awesome looking stuff!
     
  11. michaelwayneharwood

    michaelwayneharwood Builder of the Wastelands Commercial User

    May 1, 2014
    Colorado
    Owner Melodious Resonance Constructs
    Russian Olive is considered a weed in Colorado, but that was one large weed that produced that stock. I think it's gorgeous wood, and I am sure it will crop up again.
     
  12. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Interesting. $18/BF could be doable if it is a reasonable size.
     
  13. michaelwayneharwood

    michaelwayneharwood Builder of the Wastelands Commercial User

    May 1, 2014
    Colorado
    Owner Melodious Resonance Constructs
    Most of the slabs were 20 board feet or bigger. Love your wood find, by the way! The grain on the padauk is gorgeous!
     
  14. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Thanks! I see some real potential there, including the Lefty Telecaster guitar I'd like to build for my brother. Lefties have so few store options in instruments...

    That demon-dragon cherry top....now that is going to be an interesting bass-face. I'll need to consult with a friend of mine that has a large enough bandsaw to resaw it.

    Funny thing is, I only went to Rockler today because they had their super-nice table saw taper jig on sale.... go figure...

    Like I was going to get out of there without some quality lumber!

    shoptested_3_1.
     
  15. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Nice!
     
  16. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Purdy stuff. Never going to tell when you might get lucky.
     
  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Oh you said "board" sorry I didn't read that correctly but now that I'm here yes there have been a number of boards I could refuse especially my second grade teacher's board with the holes drilled in it that thing would suck the meat right off your butt.
     
  18. michaelwayneharwood

    michaelwayneharwood Builder of the Wastelands Commercial User

    May 1, 2014
    Colorado
    Owner Melodious Resonance Constructs
    I have heard that being beaten with a paddle is the ultimate "tap tone test" in existence.

    :)
     
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  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Come to think about it she did play guitar. :)
     
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  20. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I guess you were her guitar,..did you gently weep?
     

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