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Old Redwood Flooring for Tele build???

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jethro, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    I just picked up this coffee table from a local artisan. The wood is actually Redwood flooring from an old factory from the late 1800's that was getting torn down. I asked if he had any spare boards that I could possibly purchase for a bottle of wine....I ended up getting two good sized boards that were approx 2.5" thick, 12" wide and 4' long.

    I'm just curious if anyone here has done builds with Redwood and if there were any tips?

    As you can see from the photo, the wood is pretty knotty and gnarly

    Any insight is appreciated

    Redwood Coffee Table.jpg
     
  2. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    That is a VERY nice table! Looks like some Western Red I have. I think it would make a loverly Tele :D
    Mine came from the ATT pole line across the Bonneville Salt Flats. It paralleled the Southern Pacific Rail for much of the way. We recycled the poles in 1970 after they had been in service for a 100 years. No idea how old a tree is thats big enough for a telephone pole. All thats left is 4 1'x8'x13/4" sticks.
     
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  3. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    My only advice is to start soon! I love redwood on a Tele!
     
  4. William SantAna

    William SantAna Tele-Meister

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    a tele and a strat! why not?
     
  5. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2010
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    Man that table is a beauty! I’m sure a guitar could be done and it will be awesome.
     
  6. creading

    creading Tele-Holic

    587
    Feb 3, 2012
    California
    Be sure to wear a good respirator when sanding redwood.....the dust is toxic and can cause real problems

    Cheers,
    Charles
     
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  7. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canada

    Wow, really....I did not know that

    Thank you for sharing that

    Cheers
     
  8. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

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  9. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's

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    Aug 22, 2016
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  10. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I couldn't agree more. Redwood sawdust doesn't come off the sanding disk like normal sawdust. Imagine it as little fluffy grappling hooks that float around until they are breathed in and stick in the repository system like Velcro barbs. Guess how i know

     
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  11. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    I wish I'd known that when I made mine. Redwood makes a great guitar body, though. It's pretty, too, so I hope you're not going to paint over the woodgrain.

    Philo done.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  12. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Those are real nice....definitely a lover of wood grain so definitely no painting here

    That tortoise shell guard with rosewood board is really close to what I was thinking for my build....looks awesome
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018
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  13. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canada

    Yes, back 2011 Fender also released this Telebration Old Growth Redwood series. I bought one of the 500 made which is pretty much what led me to wanting to do a build myself. I actually started a forum about it here:

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/old-growth-redwood-club.281798/
     
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  14. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Actually the one in back is a mahogany body. They came out looking pretty similar in the picture. That pickguard came from Warmoth, the neck too.
     
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  15. Lake Placid Blue

    Lake Placid Blue Friend of Leo's

    Sep 24, 2016
    California
    That’s a beautiful Esquire. I love Esquires and I love natural wood grain on guitars. You’re a lucky man.
     
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  16. Sofaplayer

    Sofaplayer Tele-Meister

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    Oooh, that's some nice redwood, what a great project! Please keep us posted with lots of pics while you proceed.
     
  17. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
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    The old growth meets the factory floor
     
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  18. Sarde

    Sarde Tele-Meister

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    Apr 16, 2016
    San Pedro, CA
    I've always wanted to make a redwood tele. So I say, go for it and post the build thread.
     
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