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snakewood as a fingerboard....

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Jan 24, 2006.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Is it tough to work with? Should it be kiln dried or air dried? Is it oily? Tearout issues? What glue would you use? :confused:
     
  2. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    all I know is:
    Very dense and brittle.
    air dried due to its propensity to crack and check.
    the luthiers here would be better suited to answer the glue question.
    I doubt it tears out though its so dense.
    it should be stablized somehow because it crackes very easily over time and humidity changes. and even vacuum acrylic impregnated fingerboards can hairline check over time.
    Todd
     
  3. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I also hear it's stupid expensive and very hard to find in (crack free) pieces large enough for a fingerboard. Also, the dust is pretty dangerous, so a respirator is a must.

    That said, it looks super sweet and I believe it's plenty hard. I've only worked with it in small bits but the brittleness got to be somewhat frustrating.

    -Nate

    Edit: Oh, and I don't remember it being oily. Seemed to take to plain ol' wood glue just fine.
     
  4. Wolfehollow

    Wolfehollow

    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
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    mmm... expensive though.
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    saw that one very cool. Is the board treated?
     
  6. Wolfehollow

    Wolfehollow

    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    not sure... the whole stabilizing thing wasnt talked about much when I ordered this bass. Its like glass though... I am familiar with the "look" and "feel" of stabilized boards, and I dont think this one is
     
  7. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    actually its not that hard to locate fingerboards.
    I cant add to that or my post will be removed.
    but Expensive=yes.
    Todd
     
  8. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    lol