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I gots me a(piece)of cherry!!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by millsbass5, May 7, 2010.


  1. My dad has a piece of hand-cut/carved cherry (2" thick x 10' long). It's w-e-l-l over 100 years old (It came out of a Satanic Church!! Can you say Anton LeVey:eek:??j/k!!) So,at least it would be great for "dark-side,doom'n'gloom-type" metal....:bassist:























    I'm joking!!! Sheesh!! BUT.....It's a very beautiful,nice,tight-grained,highly-figured,3-D looking,(v-e-r-y,v-e-r-y dry/cured) piece of wood.....Nice'n'tight.... (Like ALL,er......Uh,never mind.)
    So.....How hard is cherry to work with?? I don't know s*** about the majority of woods (as far as workin' with'em). But,I can I.D. 98% of most tone-woods at a glance. What can I say? I'm a Bass-Porn addict....

    One more question: Can I saw the basic body shape with a jig-saw??? If not,what would it take??? Any places that I can ship it to (for shaping)??
    I plan on using it for the top,with Swamp Ash for the back/main part of the body....Maybe. It all depends on the tonal characteristics of cherry combined with the ash. If it has the qualities of Ash,I'll go with the cherry. That is,if a top-piece of wood makes a significant difference.



    Opinions and facts are nothing but welcome!!!!
     
  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Congrats on your find, too bad it didn't come from a satanic church, not too many of those, it would have had some serious kitsch to it.

    Not bad to work, YMMV.

    You can cut it with a jigsaw.

    Shape it yourself, there's a zillion resources on how to do that - keep posting your questions into this thread.

    Before this turns into yet another tonewar, let me just point out that wood imparts next to nothing in tone in a solidbody electric instrument. Never mind tone, just build with something pretty...
     
  3. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Cherry is easy to work with. It is not unlike maple as far as workability goes.
    Tone-wise, it'll be a little warmer sounding than maple or ash - maybe closer to alder, but still pretty bright sounding - but keep in mind that every piece of wood is different so generalities about tone are just that; generalities.

    If the piece is 2" thick, you should be able to make a whole body out of it, but 10" long isn't long enough for even just a top. You didn't say how wide it is.

    You could cut the shape with a jig saw or band saw, or you could make a template and cut it with a router.

    I don't see any reason why you couldn't use it as a top wood with ash, but the grains are very different so the end result might look a little strange and the woods would take finish very differently. You might be better off pairing it with alder or a piece of mahogany with a tight grain, if you can find one.
     
  4. Greenman

    Greenman

    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    2in. thick 10ft. long but how wide?
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    You know the rules no photo no wood........ ;)
     
  6. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Oh, my... that does say 10 Ft., doesn't it. :)

    Gotta get my eyes checked!
     
  7. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    See, and I've always found alder to be much more unicorn sounding, whereas I tend to find ash way more leprechauny...
     
  8. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Troll, elf, pegasus, and alien references welcome too...LMAO
     
  9. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Shouldn't it be pegasii?

    :D
     
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  11. It's approx 10,maybe 11 inches wide. It's wide enough for bookmatching.
     
  12. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    In order to bookmatch it, you'd have to split it down the middle - like a fillet - and then glue the edges together. The piece you'd end up with would be about 20" wide and a little less than 1" thick. Perfect for a top. You'd need to be set up with a real wood shop to do this kind of work, though. Large bandsaw and a planer required.
     

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