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Using Cherry for bodys?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, May 23, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I saw a beautiful slab of Cherry today. 10 feet long 13-14" wide and 2" thick. It had nice light figuring all through it. I don't recall seeing it used much as a body wood. Why not? I really am tempted by it but I can't picture myself using all that Cherry it is enough for 5 bodies and they won't cut it. :( it is all or nothing......t
     
  2. Alembic uses it sometimes. The one negative comment that I can remember hearing was that it was fairly heavy...

    Mike
     
  3. Scott French

    Scott French Dude Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Did you get any pics of it?
     
  4. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Cherry? Yes!

    I have used it for bass bodies, and I think it's wonderful stuff.
    It sounds a bit like hard maple, (the relative qualities of wood's sound being debatable!), and it is really easy to work. I love the colour, and it looks nice under an oil finish. I have lately been using some "steamed" cherry that is a lot darker in colour. I think it is treated with vinegar (?) to fume the wood -the colour goes all the way through the board, and looks great.

    LM
     
  5. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Get it, man!
    Cherry is great body wood, no doubt. It's rather frequently used as core/back with some more extreme wood on top, but some free luthiers do solid cherry bodies. They turn out great!
    Just buy it and keep the rest. Either you build more of it, or you trade it for some other exclusive material later on. (If you had been on this side of the planet, I'd have helped you out of that misery rather quickly...)
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I will try to get photos today. If I spend that kind of $$ on it the wife will shoot me :bag: It is in the rough but hopefully the photos will show the figure....t
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  8. There is an article in one of the woodworking magazines this month about the virtues of cherry wood for furniture, even showing some figured cherry. It might be worth checking out.
     
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Ken Smith has used it for body cores.
     
  10. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  11. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I'm sure a couple of us could help you use up the piece. At 2" thick I'd love chunk to bookmatch and make a few tops. If the figuring's not popping like it should I wouldn't be hurt by a solid body, either.

    -Nate
     
  12. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I took photos today at lunch I will try to post them tonight. Can't do it from work.T
     
  13. ArtisFallen

    ArtisFallen

    Jul 21, 2004
    I love cherry. i built... well half a body out of it. it's a great wood. reletively easy to work (as compared to other hard woods :rolleyes: ) and i looks like a million bucks if you finish it right. I guess normally people put on a wilder looking top, but i think that with a good deep red stain and either an oil or polyurithane finish, it's gracefully simplistic. i highly reccomend it.
     
  14. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    All right I will try and post photos what do you all think? E-Mail me if you want bigger photos....t
     
  15. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I don't know what I am doing wrong I see all sorts of huge photos posted on this forum but these are as big as the system lets me put up. I am sorry but I can't figure it out.....tom
     
  16. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    TB has a limit of 600 pixels by 600 pixels when uploading photos into your space here and sticking it in a thread. The bigger photos you have seen are hosted somewhere else on the net, like if your ISP gives you some web space, and dropped into the thread by using the "img" and "/img" tags (as in between [] brackets like the quote tags you see).
     
  17. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  18. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
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  19. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Thanks I guess I am just thick!....t
     
  20. Tdog

    Tdog

    May 18, 2004
    DON'T STAIN IT!!!!! Cherry should be allowed to develop a natural patina......After 6 months, maybe a little more, you will know what I'm saying. I built a sewing table years ago(when I was making period furniture) and I've regretted staining the piece with Lockwoods Antique Cherry aniline dye since. The aniline is a beautiful stain, but if I would have just left it natural, the color would have been fantastic!(like the patinas of my Shaker reproductions)