Some of you have read that I stumbled onto a cache of Indonesian mahogany scraps about 5cmx5cmx40cm (like 2"x2"x17"). I got 'em to use for firewood, but after figuring out what they were, I pulled a pile of the best ones for building purposes. This stuff was just sitting outside on a pallet for I don't know how long, so some pieces are pretty weathered, and a lot of otherwise nice pieces had split or checked. They seem to fall into two categories: really lightweight, light-colored ones that look kinda like korina, and quite heavy dark red ones that ring like claves (a lotta these had to be rejected due to checks and cracks...). My plan is to glue up at least one blank each of the light ones and heavy ones, with the idea that the light ones will become a solid-body guitar, and the heavy ones will become some kind of thinline. Today, 'cuz I'm getting sick of dremeling little rockets out of baked fimo sheets, I decided to start on the blanks. So I grabbed a stack of the lighter ones. Working outside in the popcorn snow. Es muy macho, no? A little sun, too. I can only get 7 sticks in there at once, and I reckon I'm going to need 8 when all is said and done, so I did 2 batches. Some of the ones that looked and sounded the best had to be discarded because they were twisted, and I didn't trust 'em. :neutral: After running the sled over them, I had to use my hunk o' granite to take out the router marks. Somehow my system isn't precise enough to get perfectly smooth faces just from routing.... I ended up with this: Color doesn't match well enough for any kind of transparent finish. Some have quite a few, um, tone holes, I think they're called. And is this spalting? Do I need to worry about that stick being strong enough to hold a bridge screw?? Mineral streaks--or maybe mold.... Anyway, I think I can get 8 decent pieces out of this. Think I'll try gluing it up tomorrow. The rejects are really great firewood, by the way; they burn long and hot and fit perfectly in my little woodstove.