Black Walnut Pallet Build

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OK this is a continuation of this thread..
I move this old looking pallet that was going to the dump and it weighed about 70 pounds so I decided to take it apart and clean it up to see what the heck it is.
So I got enough material for a couple guitar tops and a couple fretboards, not sure what I’m gonna use for the body wood yet or the neck, in fact I’m not even sure what I’m gonna do yet, ;) but it will be something
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Very Nice.

A friend of mine that runs a frame shop says he polishes walnut with abrasive pads. I'm pretty sure he was talking about the wood directly. I'm guessing it's an oily one.

Should make for a beautiful natural finish.
 

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⁸I use a lot of black walnut milled off the family farm. A gorgeous wood. Open pores so requires pore filling if smooth finish is desired, which I use Zpoxy for.

It doesn't have an abnormal amount of oil. It will buff to a degree without finish but the shine is largely because of the dark color making it visible. Finish really brings the chatoyance alive!
 

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⁸I use a lot of black walnut milled off the family farm. A gorgeous wood. Open pores so requires pore filling if smooth finish is desired, which I use Zpoxy for.

It doesn't have an abnormal amount of oil. It will buff to a degree without finish but the shine is largely because of the dark color making it visible. Finish really brings the chatoyance alive!
Yeah the stuff doesn’t seem very oily at all to me, maybe because it was in such small pieces to begin with, it dried out naturally, I’ve done a lot of work with common walnut and the density varies quite a bit, some sort of soft and some very hard, this stuff is very hard, I think I’m gonna make a fretboard out of it
 

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Well I’m finally getting around to this build, I decided to use up some of this very old wood I took off a house that was built in the 1920s,
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I’ve been using a lot of it and this piece was only about 1-1/2” thick, the top is about 3/8” thick, I might leave it and do a slight carve top,,? This piece is for a different build, same stuff different shape
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I made a fretboard but I’m not sure what I’m using for the neck yet, I have some nice flame maple so,,,?
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I might win the most lagging thread of year award,,,yay! whatever, I’ve been picking away at this build a little at at a time when I have time ;( I’m still trying to figure out what I should use for fret dots, (something reclaimed hopefully) but at least I'm to this point: )
This is the first time I’ve used the same wood on the fretboard as the body and it’s actually very cool looking.
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I think I’ve thunk enough about fret dots and decided f ‘em, I’ll just do some very legible side dots.
The fretboard is coming out a bit lighter in color than the body, for whatever reason, it all looked the same raw. I’m want to keep this one looking very bare bones anyway, nothing too fancy.
The neck is coming out with a somewhat thin profile, shallow C? I think it will fit the look perfectly
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Oh !! The neck is the last piece of birch that I’ve made about 5-6 necks from, it has some killer flame
 

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Hi,

I bought this Walnut body a while ago with some thoughts of building something interesting. The wood is over 200 years old! I haven’t found a neck that seems right, yet. I’m not sure what the build will be, but I’d like to make it something special.
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We’ll find out!

Are you thinking because the tension is across the grain not along it? My only thought is it’s a big chunk of wood and the tension isn’t that great. But it will be something to watch for. If there is evidence of the body curling under the tension, I had some thoughts of letting some carbon fiber flat strips in to the back to resist the tension. I’d make them a visible feature.

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