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Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

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Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby Matthew Lau » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:00 pm

I've been on sawmill creek, where a guy has offered a 1"x25" x65" slab of osage orange for part of the cost of milling ($80).

Do you think it'd be a good idea to get it?
In terms of resawing, I was thinking of dropping by a local luthier supply house for the resawing...or going to a luthier friend with a ginormous bandsaw (and buying extra blades).

-Matt

ps. Alternatively, I can just buy a set.
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Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby Bob Gramann » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:17 pm

Osage Orange is my favorite wood for sound. It is a bit hard to work but it bends easily. I prefer to get it quartersawn. It eats steel bandsaw blades quickly. I get good performance with carbide tipped blades, though.
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Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby Randy Roberts » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:52 pm

Osage Orange has been discussed quite a few times here.
It is considered by many to be a dead ringer acoustically for Brazilian Rosewood, though obviously not visually.
do a search of the library, that's what it's there for, and I think we forget how much really valuable information is there.

Here's one of many of the discussions.
http://www.mimf.com/library/Osage_Orang ... -2011.html
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Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby David King » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:32 pm

So much is going to depend on the runout in the board. The tree's girth was certainly a once in a lifetime find.
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Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby Brett Sloma » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:46 pm

Matthew Lau wrote:I've been on sawmill creek, where a guy has offered a 1"x25" x65" slab of osage orange for part of the cost of milling ($80).

Do you think it'd be a good idea to get it?
In terms of resawing, I was thinking of dropping by a local luthier supply house for the resawing...or going to a luthier friend with a ginormous bandsaw (and buying extra blades).

-Matt

ps. Alternatively, I can just buy a set.


Send me a couple chunks, and I'll send back resawn pieces and keep some for myself? I've never resawn or worked with it personally, but I think I've experienced already the very worst (silica infested) wood, so can't imagine a greater challenge. I'd love to have some Osage to work with for my own.
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Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:21 am

Have you seen the board yet? Osage with those dimensions is probably going to be flatsawn but probably near the middle of the tree. I might be pretty gnarly; finding large, clear boards of OO is somewhat rare compared to other trees. When I first saw the dimensions you posted, my mind started figuring out how many back and side sets you could get, then I realized it was not that simple.
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