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I went to a lumber store a couple of days ago and bought me a small piece of mahogany... just to patch something up... (we don't need to talk about that right now..haha :D )

Anyway, right next to the checkout counter, there was a pile of bloodwood...( like where they put national enquirers at grocery stores). I bought a big healthy slab for $5!! Most beautiful piece of wood I've ever seen.

I know it's toxic, (after searching this site) but other than that, would any of you have any reasons why I shouldn't make a fretboard out of it!? It's silky to the touch like ebony, and it's very strong. also, just by tapping it, it gives off a nice tone.

Thanks for the advice!

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indeed it is a nice wood, i'm not familiar with the tonal characteristics of the wood, but it's fairly heavy, hard as a rock, and like you said silky smooth, the only reason i imagine most people done use it, is it's toxic property when being worked... make sure you wear a good respirator mask with replacable filters, and post lots of pics ! :D

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well that just rules gentlemen! I'll see what I can do about the pics...

true story: I wanted to chronicle everything about this project, but my girlfriend, who is a photographer by trade broke up with me two months ago.. so all I have is the lousy first day of the project!!

Derek, thanks for the health concerns mon ami!

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Well, that's another example of why to vote "Guitar" in the Guitar/Girlfriend poll.

B)

That's too bad that you haven't been able to document it. If you have even a wee bit of extra cash lying around, get yourself a disposable camera and then scan the pictures in after developing. Hell, if you want to send them all the way here, I'LL scan them for you. :D

As I'm still in the learning and gathering phase, I'm pretty much devouring any sort of information I can get, so I've quickly added "bloodwood" to my list of possible woods to consider, though the toxicity DOES scare me off a bit.

In any case, I'm sure all of us would love to see photos of the build, so see what you can do!

Cheers,

Greg

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Well, that's another example of why to vote "Guitar" in the Guitar/Girlfriend poll.

B)

That's too bad that you haven't been able to document it. If you have even a wee bit of extra cash lying around, get yourself a disposable camera and then scan the pictures in after developing. Hell, if you want to send them all the way here, I'LL scan them for you. :D

As I'm still in the learning and gathering phase, I'm pretty much devouring any sort of information I can get, so I've quickly added "bloodwood" to my list of possible woods to consider, though the toxicity DOES scare me off a bit.

In any case, I'm sure all of us would love to see photos of the build, so see what you can do!

Cheers,

Greg

you can usually get a "Pictures on Disk" at most places for a couple of extra bucks.

They give you either a floppy(same day/nextday) or a CDR (3+ days).

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Too bad there aren't disposable girlfriends

I think they call them prostitutes... :D

But seriously, I wanted to work with bloodwood for a bass I'm building right now, but one source I talked to refused to even mill it for me because all of their carpenters broke out in painful hives when they touched the stuff. Wear a respirator, and definitely long sleeves and pants....

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one source I talked to refused to even mill it for me because all of their carpenters broke out in painful hives when they touched the stuff. Wear a respirator, and definitely long sleeves and pants....

i must have a strong immune system :D cause i felt fine and i was in shorts and a t-shirt.

oh one last thing, when you drill holes in this stuff take your time.. it actually bleeds... lol, naw, but there is some kinda moisture/wax that comes out when you overheat it like what happens when you're trying to drill a bit hole thru with a frostner bit.

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