So, I'm planning my first build, and decide to visit a local lumberyard that (I've heard) carries exotic woods and luthier stock. While I'm sniffing about in the lumberyard, admiring the bubinga and curly maple, I run into one of the yard managers, and start asking questions... I'm interested in mahogany (I was planning on using it as the core of my winter project), so he points out the stock and answers my questions. Unfortunately, they don't have any 1" thick stock at the moment - just 1/4" planed. We chat a bit more, and all of a sudden, his face lights up. "Hey, I have a piece of mahogany that I don't think will sell - it's 26 in. by 17" by 1/2" - would you be interested?" I tell him I'm really looking for 1" or so, and I don't have the cash on me for a purchase. "That's okay, we were going to scrap it or just use it as a demo piece. No charge." So, I have a free body-sized blank of mahogany. 26 X 17 by about 1/2". Surfaced, pretty level, but might need a pass or two with the plane just to smooth it out. Could I laminate some 1/2" ash/maple/wood to either side and make a decent blank? Anybody have any recommendations or suggestions?