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What to do with this pice of wood?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jim Beam, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Jim Beam

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    A friend gave me this piece of gorgeous waterfall Bubinga, but it's wider than it is long. Not quite long enough to use for a top. Would I be crazy to orient it sideways in order to get a top out of it? Any other ideas or suggestions?

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    You could probably get 4 Tele pickguards out of it.
     
  3. mojoatomic

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    Could split it down the center and add a contrasting wood in the middle and make a top.
     
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    Headstock veneers.

    Pickguards / control cavity covers.

    Knife / tool handles.
     
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    You could give it to me! Or follow John's advice and make some awesome pickguards out of it.
     
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    Sideways top sounds good to me.
     
  8. guitarbuilder

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    cut it in half and make an offset body?
     
  9. Jim Beam

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    'Splain, Lucy. Offset body?
     
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    These are offset guitar bodies



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  11. Jim Beam

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    Thanks. So, cut it in half and slide the top half forward of the bottom half and re-glue?

    Any thoughts on using it sideways? The grain is so curly it's hard to imagine much movement along the grain when humidity changes.
     
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    Yep

    I wouldn't, but that's me
     
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    Guitarbuilder's idea is a good one.
    But if you wanted to build a tele or strat, or other non-offset design, Mojoatomic's got the right idea. Split it down the middle and put a contrasting piece of wood in the center. And don't cover it up with a pickguard.
     
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    Salt and pepper shakers.
     
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    you could cut several pieces out of it shaped like jigsaw puzzle and add other wood to them to make a jigsaw guitar.
     
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    or an electric parlor guitar....
     
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    i would resaw that and make a book matched top!! nice stick o wood!
     
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    I can resaw it, but I don't think that's going to make it any longer....
     
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    I'd vote for making a smaller bodied instrument. That wood is too nice to be compromised!
     
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