Why no cherry wood?

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  1. Lies&Distortion

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    Dang, that second one is a beauty. Got more pics?
     
  2. zorgzorg2

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    Sorry for hijacking the thread, but how did you get that color @DrASATele?
     
  3. motor_city_tele

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    I harvested the wood from my property a few years back. 2 years drying, then made my challenge build guitar out of it. CherryCherryCaster.

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    cherry
     
  5. DrASATele

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    That's Beautiful Motor!

    I used the same stain on both Empire Red by General Finishes. On the bright red one in the backround left side of the photo I wiped in a little bit of GF Yellow Stain in areas like the contours and the edge to make the color brighter. I did the same with GF Ebony Stain to the darker one. The burst and contours are a combo of tinted lacquer over stain. The stains are waterbased so after completely drying. I sealed then with Shellac. I needed a slightly faster schedule so I just used Zinsser Clear rattle can shellac. For the bright red one I used 2 strengths of Cherry Red clear Lacquer. Starting with the darkest I reinforced the burst using a detail gun. It made the fade of the burst much smoother in appearance. I did a clear non colored layer then I came back to the whole thing with the lighter Cherry red mix (Stew Mac Color Tone Cherry Red or Transtint) followed by more clear. For the black I used a Mixol pigment (more opaque) in Lacquer and a detail gun. Same thing mainly to darken the edge and smooth out the fade of the burst. I also used some of the lighter Cherry red lacquer mix to brighten the center of darker one. Even side by side it's tough to tell that I use the same stain on both. Toners/Shaders (tinted clear finish) and knowing how to use them really can make a finish.

    Note: I sanded both bodies to 220. I raised the grain twice. First time I re-sanded by hand to 220 then 320. 2nd time I re-sanded to 320. Finally about 20 minutes before staining I took a damp cloth and wiped the bodies down. Damp not soaked. This acts as a pre-stain conditioner for the water based stains.

    Is that enough detail? PM me if you need more info. Stop by our 'Finely Finished' forum too.
     
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    I use cherry wood for all kinds of things. I haven't used it for a guitar yet but would not think twice about using cherry. The one thing I like is how it darkens with time to a nice rice color. Hears a web sight with great description’s of woods http://www.wood-database.com . I use cherry for my 5E3 cabinets.
     

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  7. crisscrosscrash

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    Thanks! Here are a couple of pics that feature the top -- I found a cheap 4" wide offcut of Macassar ebony and managed to get a top cap and a fretboard out of it. I did a build thread on this guitar, but all the pic are stuck in Photobucket limbo now...

    Just realized also - those p90 covers are cherry!

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  8. bullfrogblues

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    I also made an amp cab for a Blues Jr for a TDPRI local friend, Scotty 2.
    The anodized grill has since been changed to regular grill cloth and looks much better, though I don't have a photo.
    Blues Jr. cherry cab.jpeg Blues Jr. cherry cab2.jpeg
     
  9. DrASATele

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    Beautiful work bullfrog! sacdave!

    You too crisscross that top is awesome.
     
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    I used it for the back & sides of a mandolin. Machines and finishes well. Only problem was it took 4 years to complete the mando.


    Probably not the wood's fault.
     
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    I kind of want to do this to my Blues Jr. Was it hard to get the guts out of the original shell?
     
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    Not difficult at all. some of the screws on the back are involved, and the two on top. I used the back of the old amp for sort of a template, but made the entire cabinet more the size of a Deluxe Reverb.
     
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    I completely dig it. I guess I'm going to have to learn to do a proper dove tail, much classier than a box ;) Thanks for the info!
     
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    I never learned to hand cut dovetails, but all the drawers I used to make called for a Porter Cable Omni-jig, so that's what I use for half blind dovetails.
     
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    I don't have a dovetail jig, so I've only ever cut them by hand. A jig would be nice for larger boxes, for sure.
     
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    DOH! thanks bullfrog I should have thought of that.

    Rip - that's how my Uncle George prefers to do it but he too has a jig like the portercable for large boxes. Thanks for kind of reminding me! lol
     
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    I've made some table tops and an indoor bench top from curly cherry and it's great stuff.
    I seem to recall it wanted to burn if I hesitated with the router. Doesn't need any grain-filling.

    Also I would experiment with finishing because cherry wants to blotch and at the same time it's got such great figure. My compromise is that I use some type of spit-coat or conditioner (really just a thinned out sealer) before any dye stain. An alternative to conditioner and dye is just a coat of boiled linseed oil (or clear stain base from Target Coatings which is waterborne) to make the figure a little more translucent, then seal over it and start putting some color in the finish with a toner or shader coat.

    And remember that it wants to darken a bit after exposure to UV light; natural cherry winds up a beautiful warm brown -- it does not have to be Queene Anne furniture red!
     
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    Cherry strat neck under way:

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    I'm starting a DIY tele project. Just beginning - it's going to be a thinline with a cherry top and ash body.

    Here's how far this project is along at this time:

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