So I picked up some osage orange from my local wood source. It was some re-saw trimmings he was going to burn, all about 3/8" thick and various widths. Had it sitting in my shop loft since July, so I figure its air dried long enough to work, and through periodical inspection I have noticed that the wood hasn't checked or warped in those six months. It may have been dry when I picked it up, but it was all piled around an old tree trunk out in the open, so I didn't want to take any chances. After cutting it all up, I have enough for two guitar tops, or a buttload of fretboards. I selected the roughest looking pieces, trimmed them up a little, and plan on making a top for a yellow pine Tele body. A potential customer wants me to build him a custom Tele-style guitar with a bunch of crazy sounding combinations, like 45° edges all the way around the profile (think Jackson Flying V's), no pickguard, a humbucker in the bridge and a non traditional (non tele style) bridge, plus he wants me to slightly alter the overall shape at my discretion. I figure this is waaaaay to much stuff to risk on the nice expensive hardwoods I have set aside for customer builds, only to have him not like all these options crammed into one guitar, so I'm building this prototype to kind of give him a good idea of how it will all look before I start the real build. Next up, Im gonna take it to the cnc and mill it all down, join the edges and glue it up. More pics to come.