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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WHat to do with this piece of mahogany?

I was looking around at Macbeath hardwood today and some how came home with this piece of wood. I'm not sure how it happened. That said I'd rather not dwell on the past, instead I'd like to live in the moment. What to do with it?

It's 1.5" by 14" by 32". It's a little rough. I figure this could be the back and and I can add a 0.25" cap of something. It doesn't seem big enough to get two bodies out of it. But it just fits this Moderne template, it the grain runs on a diagonal. Not sure but it might fit an explorer.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, cap it with 1/4" of the wood of your choice! You can always come up with your own body design.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cap it... and get one regular size Tele and one smaller size Tele... for the kids.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If I'm reading my template correctly, a Tele body is 12.75 by 15.96. If you flipped your template over so that the lower cutaway is against the upper bout of the other Tele, you could get 2 Teles. You'd be looking at the front of one and the back of the other.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To answer your original question - send it to me!
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 07:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If I'm reading my template correctly, a Tele body is 12.75 by 15.96. If you flipped your template over so that the lower cutaway is against the upper bout of the other Tele, you could get 2 Teles. You'd be looking at the front of one and the back of the other.
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If your going to build a Moderne (first, PLEASE don't put that pukey headstock on it ), you can make it like a Vee is made, two-piece body with the grain running along the long side. Doing that would leave you a LOT more of that mahogany to play with
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 07:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm with mefgames, squeeze in two Teles. Maybe make one a '69 thinline!

Edit: forgot to say that the original post is awesome!
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's a couple drawings to get an idea of what fits.
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The last drawing, tele and esquire
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FWIW, a Moderne has been on my "to do" list for a long time. I keep envisioning one with a "Vee" headstock and two P90s, but that's how I roll
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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don't rule out two different body shapes. if you get creative with template placement, you just might be able to mix and match between the Tele, Strat and Jr.
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I would do my own design. Back in the seventies Macbeath hardwood in Bazerkly had a dedicated section for guitar woods. I haven't been there in years how the wood selection now?
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Is that a fissure in it or small cracks in the one close up picture? We call it wind shake in the millwork business and hate to say but it looks terrible after finishing even on a guitar back. It is fairly common in African Mahogany.
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Nice piece of wood. Is this HW store worth making the drive from Sacramento?

Sorry I don't have an opinion regarding what to do, wait actually I do. Go back, get more wood, build them all
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FWIW, a Moderne has been on my "to do" list for a long time. I keep envisioning one with a "Vee" headstock and two P90s, but that's how I roll
But do you roll on Shabbas?
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But do you roll on Shabbas?
You would have to make me look that up! , but yes, I DO!
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I would do my own design. Back in the seventies Macbeath hardwood in Bazerkly had a dedicated section for guitar woods. I haven't been there in years how the wood selection now?
I'm in San Francisco. I haven't been to the MacBeath in Berkley. I should drive over and take a look. The selection in SF seemed pretty good. in the main office they have a bunch of scrap pieces in a bin and a lot of exotic and figured boards. In the back they have a huge warehouse. Looked like a pretty good selection.
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Nice piece of wood. Is this HW store worth making the drive from Sacramento?

Sorry I don't have an opinion regarding what to do, wait actually I do. Go back, get more wood, build them all
Not sure if it's worth the drive. I suppose it depends on what's available in Sacramento. The selection beats the pants off Lowes and Home Depot. They have a web site: http://www.macbeath.com

Seems the prices on the web site look higher than what I see on the price schedule I took home. Of course I'm an amateur at the lumber business so I may not be reading the web site correctly.
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Here's a couple drawings to get an idea of what fits.
I need some advice. Looking at the pictures here I realized that I may not be able to cut this on 14" band saw! Looks like I need to cut this in half at about 16", what to do?
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