strawtarget Posted December 18, 2006 Report Share Posted December 18, 2006 So some time around 1995, I had this idea that I wanted to build a guitar. My stepdad took me to a local lumber place and we got a 2" thick slab of flat-sawn (plain-sawn?) mahogany, allegedly Honduran mahogany. High-res picture with flash High-res picture without flash It got put in a closet where it sat for probably 8 years, and moved into a humid Houston garage probably 2 years ago. I saw it in there while visiting the folks, remembered the abandoned project, and now I finally want to turn it into a guitar. I took it back home with me to Austin about a month ago. We bought it in kind of an odd condition. One end is painted over in white paint or primer, sealing the grain on that side. I believe the whole piece has been stained some reddish-orange color. Concern #1: How deeply might have this stain have penetrated? I hope to get down to bare wood. It is flat-sawn and there are some nice grain patterns that I want to try to show off under a translucent finish. I think I'll be able to cut out the body so that the arcs in the grain run down the guitar's centerline. Concern #2: Just about every mahogany guitar I've ever seen was made of quarter-sawn pieces. Is there a fundamental problem with using a 1-piece flat-sawn body? The wood is slightly warped/cupped. It was stored without care... certainly not "stickered and stacked". It's not TOO bad, though. It is my belief that I will be able to take it somewhere and have it planed and sanded flat and still have 1-3/4" thick material. I hope so anyway, since I want a 1-3/4" thick guitar body! Concern #3: After 10+ years of sitting around, should I consider the piece "stabilized", or should I take it somewhere and have it kiln-dried or something? I've looked for checks/cracks on along the edge and found none, but one edge is painted and the other is very rough which makes it hard to tell for sure. Is there anything else I should look for when examining this piece of wood? I need to sweat the small stuff and obsess over as many tiny details as possible here! Seriously!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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