8-String Walnut Neck-Thru

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  1. rick0link

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    soooooooo, i scored huge yesterday. i grabbed these:
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    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.
     
  2. Neil

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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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    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.
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    still not bad for a freebie :)
     
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    Thats a shame, free wood is free wood though!
     
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    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
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    walnut for the top halves
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    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:
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    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!
     
  10. HaMMerHeD

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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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    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
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    glued the sides on this morning
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    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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    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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    I used it for both of my 9-strings and they sound good. It being cheap is nice too :lol:
     
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    AMEN!
     

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