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Anti-meranti? Let's find out

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Mat UK, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted

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    Warning this will probably be quite tedious...

    Following on from my thread questioning the suitability of different woods for necks - I'm cracking on (or not hopefully!) with a meranti neck build, against general advice...

    Customary materials list:

    - light/mid red meranti neck
    - Gabony Ebony finger board
    - An undecided dual truss rod

    As suggested by Guitarbuilder I've picked up an ebony finger board for strength at only £4. £4 because it's got a tiny woodworm hole and more concerningly a twist in one corner... I'm keeping it cheap... And difficult

    I've started on the finger board - pics to follow
     
  2. Mat UK

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    This is twisted

    Here's a crap pic of the twist in the ebony: you can just about see that the back right corner twists up. I can plant three corners on a flat surface with the corner twist lifting gradually about half way down lifting up to about a 5mm gap from the worktop

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    Plan of attack?

    My first step is to true up and flatten the face where the corner stands proud.

    1. Using double sided carpet tape I stick the blank to my flat worktop (18mm mdf) and

    2. Fashion a router thicknessing base out of mdf offcuts. This is cheap and crude but does the job. I can't remember the measurements, but in essence it's 25mm length of mdf with a hole drilled in the middle and mdf rails glued to the base on both edges - complex stuff. I've got two of these for different depths of cut.

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    Oh yeah, I wedge the raised corner with a small bit of scrap... This prevents flex when cutting

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  5. Mat UK

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    Power up and trim

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    And the thickness?

    So the resulting thickness is about 9mm reducing to 5mm in the corner - actually it's more like 4mm, I took off another 1mm.

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    That's it for my morning pre-work 45minutes.

    Tomorrow I'll sand out the routing marks and then think about truing the other face

    I told you it was tedious!
     
  8. Davecam48

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    So what's the problem with meranti? I have made at least 3 necks using "meranti" from my local go to hardware and timber supplier and they are all still quite OK no signs of any bowing/twisting etc. However I have seen lots of different timbers which are referred to as Meranti. and they guys where I buy it say the actual species supplied as Meranti varies a lot.
    I try to get dark straight grain boards and find it works and finishes easily.

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  9. guitarbuilder

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    Now you've done it.....what's next pine? :)
     
  10. Mat UK

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    The meranti I picked up was a mid/light red colour (which are supposed o have similar properties as pine) - so probably not as strong as the darker varieties - that was reflected in the price though I guess.

    Guitarbuilder directed me to one of your threads but I couldn't find any finished pics; would you mind posting some pics? I'd be mightily interested! Particularly to compare how you wood looks to mine...

    I challenge anyone to say a Balsa wood neck is undoable ;-)
     
  11. RickyRicardo

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    That's a great way of getting rid of a twist or bow. I have a few pieces that need the same treatment but I have a thickness planer and that's the recommended way. Run it through on something flat and wedge it so it doesn't move.

    Balsa wood? No neck dive there...
     
  12. Mat UK

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    A thickness planer?... That's just cheating! Workshop tools are a step above what I have to work with, I'm still accumulating hand tools.
     
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    We use a lot of meranti as skirting boards, window/door trimming..that sort of thing....

    more like a mahogany texture than pine....
     
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    Sorry, I meant in terms of strength/hardness/flex

    You haven't been tempted to try it for a neck?
     
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    But you have a router... What more do you need??? :lol:
     
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    Thanks Dave - that's one of the threads I looked at before buying the timber.

    "The next build will be a bit radical, a bit different, and very ugly, but hopefully will play ok. Ugly is OK ............I've been putting up with it all my life!"

    In other news - any progress on this build? Sounds intriguing...


    True, insert a tooth brush head into the chuck and you've got yourself a nifty electric toothbrush - the challenge is keeping the toothpaste on
     
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    Hi Matt, I've made necks with Meranti without problems. However, what I did was wedge it between two pieces of Tassie Oak in a three piece laminated neck.
     
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    Thanks Dasher - that's good to know; I've got enough meranti for a couple of necks so I could well test that out, I'll just have to figure out how to turn my router into a jointer!
     
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    Trued up the other face this morning - same process as yesterday...

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    It's revealed some lighter streaks; I'm not sure how I feel about it yet!
     
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