Lots of threads on wood - How about this. I thought I would see how my luthier skills are before I cut in to a nice piece of figured maple or any other expensive wood.I went to the local lumber yard and purchased dressed 4 sides poplar lumber and laminated it together. I was originally going to try a gloss black finish but after moving the grain of the wood around I thought I'd go with clear nitro lacquer. I'm just transfering parts over from my existing Schecter so the build was pretty cheap ; except for the router, occilating spindle sander, table saw, drill press and scroll saw but I'll have these tools for a while. So what do you think of my first attempt?