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Unread 04-22-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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8-String Walnut Neck-Thru

soooooooo, i scored huge yesterday. i grabbed these:



these are halves of a solid, 1/2" thick walnut table that the local city mission was going to throw away. if you look close, you can see some nice figure in the grain.

i have plenty of material here for quite a few projects. the first will be another 8 string guitar. my first was a success and i want to make another. it will probably be a neck thru with maple for the neck and a laminate body using the walnut.
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Unread 04-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Are you sure it's solid?

If you look at the 2nd picture it's made up of 3 pieces, and of those 3 pieces the grain is almost identical and the flaming occurs in the same area in each one.

To me it looks like 3 consecutive layers of veneer (cut from the same piece of wood) glued side by side (a very common technique for tables and other woodwork).

You'd be pretty lucky to find 3 1/2" thick pieces of wood where their grain and figure follows each other that closely.


I suggest you take one of the binding strips off the outside of the table and see what the core is (would be pretty awesome if it is solid though).

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Nice snag there dude! I'm a huuuuge Walnut fan!
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Are you sure it's solid?

If you look at the 2nd picture it's made up of 3 pieces, and of those 3 pieces the grain is almost identical and the flaming occurs in the same area in each one.

To me it looks like 3 consecutive layers of veneer (cut from the same piece of wood) glued side by side (a very common technique for tables and other woodwork).

You'd be pretty lucky to find 3 1/2" thick pieces of wood where their grain and figure follows each other that closely.


I suggest you take one of the binding strips off the outside of the table and see what the core is (would be pretty awesome if it is solid though).
i can't thank you enough for your observation. you are 100% correct. the top and bottom is a veneer with particle board in the middle.

BUT!!!! the side pieces, you cant see them in the above pics, are INDEED solid walnut and are totally useable.


still not bad for a freebie
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Thats a shame, free wood is free wood though!

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Thats a shame, free wood is free wood though!
True. At least its not a total loss.
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should have kept it as a table

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so took the useable pieces of walnut and trimmed them on the table saw. the wood is very nice looking.

i started on the newest member of the family using this wood.

poplar for the back halves


walnut for the top halves


the neck will be neck thru made with 4 piece red oak. the headstock will be walnut, and the fretboard will be wenge. i have never worked with wenge before, so i am looking forward to that.
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and here we are as of 7 a.m. this morning:



the headstock will be walnut so it will match the body. i'm really looking forward to getting that cut and glued. it's going to look sweet!
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Wenge is fun to work with, but can be frustrating and painful. It might as well be renamed African Splinterwood.
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Wenge is fun to work with, but can be frustrating and painful. It might as well be renamed African Splinterwood.
i've wanted to try it out for some time now. i figured this project will be as good as any to do so.
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got a nice piece of wenge yesterday for the fretboard
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got the fretboard slotted and tapered


glued the sides on this morning



having started this guitar one week ago, i'd say im making good progress.
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Looking good dude!
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It's finally all one piece. I got the fretboard glued on today. Now comes all the fun carving. I'll be be sure to post progress pics as i get the work done.
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Nice! I've been thinking about a red oak neck for a future build - I'll be interested to hear about your experiences with it!

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Mmm... walnut...
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Nice! I've been thinking about a red oak neck for a future build - I'll be interested to hear about your experiences with it!
This isn't the first time I used RO in a project. I built a electric upright bass (Beardley EUB build - TalkBass Forums) using about 90% RO and it turned out awesome. Structurally, it's spot on. No issues. Sound, it sounds damn good. I heard in the past that RO is supposed to sound like crap, blah blah blah. I like it and will continue to use it.
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This isn't the first time I used RO in a project. I built a electric upright bass (Beardley EUB build - TalkBass Forums) using about 90% RO and it turned out awesome. Structurally, it's spot on. No issues. Sound, it sounds damn good. I heard in the past that RO is supposed to sound like crap, blah blah blah. I like it and will continue to use it.
I used it for both of my 9-strings and they sound good. It being cheap is nice too
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i carved the neck heel this morning....... what a pain in the ass! but so worth it.




yes that is a hole you see. since these pieces of walnut were from a table, there are holes where the bolts ran through that attached the table top to the side rails.
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i got all of the hard carving done today.







i'm really liking this transition between the neck and headstock
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frets are all hammered in

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and yes, it glows in the dark!
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that's looking superb, but why did you go all invictus on the bottom horn but other than that, it's looking pretty awesome !
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that's looking superb, but why did you go all invictus on the bottom horn but other than that, it's looking pretty awesome !
Thanks! I never even thought about Invictus when i drew up the design. They so make some sweet guitars though.
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