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40 years old poplar body blank

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by duym, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Newbcaster

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    That wood has been sanctified by time, kissed by old age, and blessed by the winds.

    Build thread....
     
  2. Deeve

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    "Tone Chambers"
     
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    Hell to the yeah! Build it!
     
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    Get you a cheap moisture meter from amazon or harbor freight & check it. Under 11% and you are good. Some go as high as 15%.

    Really after this many years if kept in a dry place I wouldn't sweet it. I have done a couple poplar builds and it is a great lumber to work with. It varies in weight from light to heavy though so if it is a heavy one be ready to bath tub route or something to loose weight.

    If there are holes left for a painted finish putty them in and move on. For a see thru finish mix black or dark dye or stain with epoxu and fill them in.

    Look forward to seeing the build!

    Eric
     
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    Nice rustic old piece of wood. Definite build thread in order. Do it, do it, DO IT...!!! :D
     
  6. duym

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    Its 400x600x80mm, so i have to plan a lot... or i dont know how to thin it down the easiest way, I dont have a thickness planer with that wideness
     
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    Sanded it down to see the grains, beetle holes are only on the right side.
    I dont know how to figure out are there any beetles inside.
    Anyway, the wood is excellent
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  8. Barncaster

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    Hmmmm, could have a critter condo there. Time to fumigate. By the way, I have Fijian Mahogany, Sugar Pine and Poplar bodied Teles hanging in my office. The Poplar has the clearest and loudest tone played acoustically. Granted this statement has no statistical value whatsoever but many agree Poplar is a very under-rated tone wood. Nice find sir.
     
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    Gibson would advertise that as weight relieved!
     
  10. otterhound

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    Heat the wood to 145 degrees and leave it there for 3 hours . Nothing , including eggs survives this . By the way , this is exactly how the pros do it when they can .
     
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    But what to heat them with? Oven? :D
     
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    Yes oven. Then it will be dry. Let it acclimate to your shop again
     
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    Poplar is easy to work. It can be very light or very heavy. It’s a great wood except for the unfortunate greenish color. Assuming the weight is what you like.
     
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    Either try to hide them or put something contrasting in them on purpose.
     
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    3 hours at 145 degrees won't dry your wood thoroughly . What it will do is sterilize it . Yes , an oven will do if that is what you have available . Also , be prepared to deal with some movement in the wood after you have allowed it to acclimate . It may or may not react . You will be rolling the dice .
     
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    That would be my common sense approach to it. Not a lot of critters can survive that heat for that long. That should do the trick.
     
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    I learned this from an expert in the extermination field . Whenever possible , they use this method instead of chemicals , and it's a once and done job . No need to return for additional applications . The grin on his face as he told of how the roaches run when they apply the heat . In fact , he stated that you only need to get to 145 degrees , but they keep it there for 3 hours just to be sure .
     
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    Nice! Poplar can be good. I think my 98 MIM Strat may be poplar rather than alder, and it's the most resonant guitar I have!
     
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    Jfgesquire's comment is spot on and expresses what I was going to say. "Dry" is not necessarily good, and can be problematic if the guitar is going to live in a mid-level humidity environment. But if "dry" means "aged," and the storage environment has been 40-60% humidity, then that should be excellent wood. Despite the fact that some people don't hear or care about differences between wood stock, there are good reasons why virtually all good builders and most buyers prefer old wood when they can get it, and it's not just mythical. Not every piece of old wood is great -- it varies -- but the odds are that you piece is a good one. Also, though the difference is at best very slight, often negligible, there is a reason to prefer one piece bodies. Sound ("vibrations") is affected every time it passes from one material to another, generally in a way the dissipates energy. Not worth thinking about, generally, but a one-piece has its merits. As for poplar, well, it's a good wood but varies in quality.
     
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    Pre-2000 MIM Standard, signature, and other models were poplar, also.
     
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