Dr Ron Posted June 8, 2016 Report Share Posted June 8, 2016 Hi, I have a mahogany ESP Body and I bought a Spalted Ambrosia Maple book matched top 3/8" rough sawed. I loved the look of the wood, only now am I realizing that I bought one of the most difficult woods to work with (figures). Okay I know the wood is decomposing wood. I have a few questions: 1) The pesky arm contour...First of all do I apply the Minwax wood hardened before I bend the wood? My plan for bending is to rout slots in the back, and use an iron for the glue up. 2) Should I use Minwax Wood Hardener, or epoxy? I saw a video where a guy poured epoxy on the top and spread it around then used a blow torch to rid of bubbles and the milky film. The result looked like glass after a few coats. It seems like that would be more durable than a traditional finish? ...and hold the wood together? 3) I know it is a sin, but I would like to finish the top like the image I attached, what color dye(s) did they use? Would I dye the wood before the epoxy...or hardener? Any instructions advice or comments would be greatly appreciated, Ron Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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