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How do I cut this half round to make a guitar?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:10 pm
by Peter Wilcox
I have this piece of wood. What is the best way to cut it for a solid body, at least 12" wide?

cherry-log.jpg


I can see these 3 options:

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I cut the mate to this piece like #2 because splits and checks made this the best option, though this made any matching of the grain the worst.

bass-top1.jpg

bass-back1.jpg


I see no way to make the whole thing book matched on one surface. Either the central 2 pieces will be matched on the top, and the lateral 2 on the bottom of the instrument (or vice versa) if cut as #1, or only the central pieces if #2, or only lateral pieces if #3, which might have the best grain matching.

No big deal, but any thoughts appreciated.

Re: How do I cut this half round to make a guitar?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:12 pm
by Bob Francis
My vote is number 2 for the reasons you identified.

Re: How do I cut this half round to make a guitar?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:34 am
by Peter Wilcox
Well, I was pretty disappointed in how #2 turned out in the example above, so I think I'll try #3 this time.

Re: How do I cut this half round to make a guitar?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:06 pm
by Bob Francis
Is there curl in the wood?
It was hard to tell on my monitor.

Re: How do I cut this half round to make a guitar?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:26 pm
by Peter Wilcox
Bob - no curl. The wood (cherry) isn't pretty, but it has sentimental value. I'm almost through with the bass I'm making from the first piece, and I'll cut this second one soon for a guitar. Hopefully there will be smoother transitions between the pieces of wood.