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Wood resawn from my tree for my flat top projects

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Wood resawn from my tree for my flat top projects

Postby Brian Evans » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:10 am

I tried out my modified bandsaw over the past few days, resawing some wood for my two flat-top guitar projects. I've decided to make two sister guitars, using the same body mold, one a traditional classical guitar and the second a steel string in the Martin O-12 NY style (12 fret neck, wider nut, slotted headstock, minimal decoration).

My neighbour gave me a chunk of a maple tree that fell down in his yard, I got roughly 250 board feet of rough sawn maple, most of it kind of curly and some spalting on the outer third of a board. I've used it for a few necks so far, but I pulled out a neat looking board and cut some sides and backs out of it. These pieces are quartersawn, with decent figure and of course the rather dramatic spalting. I'm going to try them out and see what they do. I've used spalted maple in the past and found it very stable, so I have hopes that these pieces will be the same. I have some sinker redwood with a bit of curl to it, I used it for an archtop with great success. I got two top sets out of a 15/16" thick board, one is a bit thin at .110" thick at one edge, the other set is .150" after planing. I plan to use the thinner set for a classical top and the thicker set for the steel string top.
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Re: Wood resawn from my tree for my flat top projects

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:44 am

Hi Brian,
That will make some unique looking guitars. Have you bent sides from spalted wood and do you do anything different when you bend them?
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Re: Wood resawn from my tree for my flat top projects

Postby Jason Rodgers » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:22 am

That's great! Glad that setup is working well for you.
-Ruining perfectly good wood, one day at a time.
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Re: Wood resawn from my tree for my flat top projects

Postby Brian Evans » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:13 pm

I haven't bent spalted sides yet, that is part (a big part!) of the experiment.
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