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Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:31 am

Here is a few shots of the wenge guitar I have been working on.
Nothing is glued together in these pics, and there is still some shaping in the heel, and neck-body areas,

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I have bent the small pieces for the headstock binding.

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The finger board is cherry, bound with maple.

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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:36 pm

Looks awesome.
Nice effect with the bevel-reveal of the white body wood under the wenge.
and the body carves do nice things with the wenge grain - contours.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Dan Smith » Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:37 pm

Look's great Gordon!
Man, I bet the Wenge was a pain to carve and sand.
Ever-body was kung fu fight-in,
Them kids was fast as light-nin.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:10 pm

I did the carving with an angle grinder. I used an 80 grit sanding disc.
The carving actually only took about 15 minutes for the bulk of it. The shaping around the horns took a bit longer with a lot more hand work, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
I DID THE CARVING OUTSIDE. Very dusty operation. And, BE CAREFUL!!! The grinder can take a big bite and ruin the whole thing.

The body is a sandwich, much like the other neck-thru I built last year.
This one is wenge, maple, western ash. The bevel on the edge reveals the maple, giving it a binding effect as Chuck noted.
The neck is a hard maple center, purple heart, maple veneer, wenge combination. There is also a strip of cherry in between the wings and the neck.

There is still a fair bit of sanding left to do, and most of it past this point will be by hand.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Bob Francis » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:48 pm

Looks really nice Gordon
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Dan Hehnke » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:41 am

Looking good! I've still never worked with Wenge, I think I'd like to try it some time.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby chris cowley » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:30 am

hay there Gordon,it lokks amazing,love wenge,i want to use it on my first tele build,im looking to purchase my timber soon,can you tell ,me where you got your wenge from? was it expensive? and does it rout well,cheers
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:02 am

Bob: Thanks. It's still a work in progress. Just in the grain filling process right now.

Dan: The wenge is a nicely grained wood. It is going to be beautiful when complete.

Chris: I live in Edmonton, Alberta, and I bought the wenge in a local lumber store. They had what they call "shorts". Pieces no longer than 4 ft. in various widths, one inch thick. Perfect for guitar building.
It routs better than I expected. You must always rout away from the grain, not into it. When I did the body carve, I used an angle grinder with an 80 grit sanding disc. VERY dusty. Work outside if at all possible.
As for price it was priced the same as the maple that they had in the store. 19.99/board ft. Canadian.

As I said earlier, I am just in the grain filling stage. I'm using epoxy, and when the epoxy goes on it really makes the color and grain pop. Going to be nice! I will post some pics later.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby chris cowley » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:41 pm

good stuff,i just got off the phone to a dealer in england as its close to me,TIMBERLINE DECORATIVE AND SPECIALIST HARDWOODS,i got ideas and prices on the go,just the top of body alone,wenge/ 17" by 14" and 10 mm thick is £35=$58 ,also honduras mahogany/body 17 by 14, 35mm is £63.50 or a 2 piece £40, mahogany neck £68/£39 and African ebony fretboard for £22/£13 all rounding out at about £159 or if i choose slightly diff timber it will be £200 post included,in my case 183 euro for the cheaper way of going,i think im happy enough going ahead with it mabe,he sounds like a really nice guy to and was happy to help out,and new what he was talking about as i expected,but on the other other hand,what is the name of that timber yard up there lol,im still going to shop around and get the best i can for future relations you know?
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:27 pm

17 inches long may be a bit short unless you are building a Tele style guitar.
I do not know what style you are going to build, but I would definitely have a template in hand to measure off, before buying wood.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Jerome Hess » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:08 pm

WOW

'nuff said
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:08 pm

Here's a shot of the guitar, almost ready for strings.
Just a few finishing touches left.

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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Eric Knapp » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:11 pm

Gorgeous! And I'm not a big fan of electric guitars. That one makes me want to hold it.

Great work.

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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Mark Swanson » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:26 pm

Makes me want to play it!
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Randolph Rhett » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:51 pm

Makes me want to copy it!
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gregory nangle » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:27 pm

looks great. i just finished working a nine foot by 18 inch piece of 8/4 for another project, most inconsistent grain ever! there are like layers of soft and hard grain stacked, hard to keep flat. also it checks pretty bad and has a weird C.O.E what is the other wood its laminated to? i wonder if they will pull on one another? very nice work! and the finish is spectacular! i especially love how the grain follows the contour on the body.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:16 pm

Eric. Thanks for the nice comments.

Mark. Coming from you that is high praise indeed!

Randolph. Please feel free. This is an original design, inspired by many before me.

Gregory. Thanks for the comments on the use of grain in the design.

The other woods in the neck through are, maple, purple heart, maple veneer, and wenge; all turned to be quarter sawn. There is a thin piece of cherry in between the neck and body halves. The body sandwich is cherry on the back, a thin layer of maple to create the faux binding, and of course wenge on top.
The fret board is cherry, bound with maple.
The pickup rings are wenge also.

I will be taking the obligatory glamour pictures as soon as it is done. :D
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:40 pm

Correction. My last post said I used cherry on the back.
It is actually western ash.
The cherry was used on the back of the bass I am building.
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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:38 pm

I'm not sure what happened to the picture above, but it seems to have disappeared..
Here it is again.

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Re: Wenge Build Pics

Postby Dennis Salvage » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:43 pm

Gorgeous!
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