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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:26 pm 
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A friend just sent me this

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:40 pm 
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LOL, I like it!


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Hahaha! Excellent!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:58 am 
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I did that once Red oak guitar.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:56 am 
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I made one too - this is a piece of ash from a friend's farm in West Virginia. I made top, back, sides, and neck out of it


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My cousin picks up firewood from where the town dumps trees it has taken down . I've asked him to be on the lookout for a likely looking billet of spruce . Maybe I'll expand that to include some hardwood as well..

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:27 am 
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I have used Blue Spruce and what we call Black spruce that I think is a hybrid. I have used Poplar , Cherry , Walnut and Catalpa . I have used Walnut and Poplar for necks as well as maple and cherry. I like Maple the best for neck.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:32 am 
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MaineGeezer wrote:
My cousin picks up firewood from where the town dumps trees it has taken down . I've asked him to be on the lookout for a likely looking billet of spruce . Maybe I'll expand that to include some hardwood as well..


Town dumps seem to be a good source. Another place to check out hardwoods is the local sugar bush. Some of the best fiddleback figured maple I have comes from trees culled from the maple syrup farms. Another wood to consider is boxwood where the overgrown hedges can sometimes give up pieces big enuf for instruments.


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 Post subject: Re: Kit guitar
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:01 am 
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My uncle used to get free the trees the utility cut down. Maybe following one of their trucks with a chain saw would yield some good stuff.

Dan - I have never seen boxwood big enough for a guitar body - it is one of my favorite woods and I have plenty cut from neighbor's yards, but never seen anything bigger than a bridge or maybe some binding. I have plenty of tool handles and little implements made from itv- it is a dream to turn on a lathe. A few years ago I saw a blank big enough for a neck and I lusted, but it was something like $400. Do you have a source?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:34 pm 
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ruby@magpage.com wrote:
Dan - I have never seen boxwood big enough for a guitar body - it is one of my favorite woods and I have plenty cut from neighbor's yards, but never seen anything bigger than a bridge or maybe some binding. I have plenty of tool handles and little implements made from itv- it is a dream to turn on a lathe. A few years ago I saw a blank big enough for a neck and I lusted, but it was something like $400. Do you have a source?

Ed

No source for boxwood other than neighbors pulling out overgrowth. I think it would be exceptionally rare to find it in sufficient size for a parlor guitar. I've seen it big enough for a neck (laminated like a classical), but currently only sizes I have are good for a soprano uke, pegs & bridges, etc. I like working it tho.Very traditional for lute bridges.


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