I roasted a maple billet in my home oven

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  1. PingGuo

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    And it turned out great!

    Process was heat up slowly, roast, and cool down slowly. All temps in Fahrenheit.

    placed in oven cold

    heated to 170 for 30 min

    then 270 for 30 min

    then 375 for about 1.5hrs

    after that I set it on 270 and waited 30 min

    then turned the oven off and left it in there for hours.

    It took forever to cool off.

    I haven't worked it yet. But will be cutting it into fretboards soon.

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    WOW!!!

    Looks great!

    OK I am going to do it! May my wife forgive me!!
     
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    Any change in the tap tone?
     
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    I'll have to check. That's not really a thing I do.
     
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    It did get a little strong. I turned on a fan and had the windows open in the house.

    It made the house smell like strange maple cookies for a bit.

    But my partner didn't kick me out. She mostly didn't like that I let the house get up to 80 before closing the windows... FL is hot.
     
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    I'll take mine with feta, olives, onions, and a long a drink of satisfaction.

    Congrats on seeing through bold dedication! (I just burned toast for the kids' third lunch.)
     
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    I don’t think it will work. Torrefaction of wood is an industrial process. It’s done under pressure, and without oxygen. It’s not just cooking. Still, I bet it smelled good.
     
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    To your credit.... that's a "technique" that, should many more embrace, things would work out far better in the long run..

    r
     
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    I'm embarrassed to say I can't suss out your position on this from what you wrote.

    But I'm comfortable coming out and saying I don't think tap tone is a major determining factor in the final sound of a guitar...

    That said, the baking process does seem to change the final dry weight of the wood. And my guess is that changes the tap tone a bit.

    People have for generations tried to get guys not to tap on their wood. "You'll go blind" they said...

    Who am I to stop someone from having a good tap?
     
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    The idea has been gone over before in other threads and on other sites. I don't need to change your mind on it.
     
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    There is an obvious change from the homebrew method. Whether or not it's what Mr. Charlie wants, from the industrialized version, y'all can debate till your face turns blue.

    Here's my stance. It looks the bees knees.
     
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    Thanks! I'm definitely thrilled with the visual appearance change too!
     
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    Have you been put in the dog house, or did that just go over well?
     
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    Worked fine for me when I did it a couple years ago. Color goes through and through, and it's the best one-piece neck I ever made. Stable as heck. YMMV.
    I ended up needing more heat longer and got a slightly light overall color but same basic outcome.

    To the OP - nice job! can't wait to see the resawn fretboards.

    Rex
     
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    I’ve done it before with good results. Wife thought I was making cookies!
     
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    i could just leave it on the dashboard of my truck all day
     
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    It was my partner that found the billet. So she brought it on herself :lol:

    She and I do a lot of craft type stuff. Anything that doesn't trash the house permanently is usually fair game.
     
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    You two sound like a good pair. Let's see some fretboards!!
     
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    I'm working on the crosscut fretboard sled jig tonight. I'll post some pics of fretboards when I get to cut them. Probably within the next week or so
     
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    I did some Maple, cherry and Mahogany on the weber the other day 350˚ for 5 hours with a mixture of Pine & Oak sawdust for seasoning :rolleyes: Nothing big enough for a guitar neck the mahogany I'm going to use for a Ukulele neck. One thing all the wood turned the same color a nice dark brown. Not sure if it's the best method but its fun, just load up the grill with scraps :)
     
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