I have a problem

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  1. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Afflicted

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    I live in the semi-county. There are a lot of farm fields around us, they just cleared a large area in a local field, the result was this pile of wood that is about 100 yards from my house. I look at this and try to think of ways to get wood for guitars. I know it can’t happen, but I still think about it. I have a problem. Lol

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  2. Steve Holt

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    Why can't it happen?
     
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    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Ask your neighbor. What's the harm?
     
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    what kind of wood? I see bodies, and chairs and tables and all kinda good stuff there.
     
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    i see many toasty winter nights in front of a fireplace.
     
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    Make the following deal with your neighbor: "I'll hire guy to come out and cut it into lumber and give you half."

    Next, look up portable sawmill on the Googler in your area. Joe Shmoe will bring it out on a trailer and slice up the logs into lumber for a fee. Stack the rough cuts on stickers out of the rain (open to the breeze is good) and allow it to season for a year or three before you plane it to final dimension.

    That's what I'd do!
     
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    Heh, I think I drove by that pile in the last week. I thought the same thing!

    I also think it when I pass by an old barn or other wooden structure.

    I also look at the Materials section on Craigslist...

    I have the same problem as you!
     
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    I see lots of weenies & marshmallows & eyebrows going to their deaths.
     
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    Oh yes you can! You just have to have it milled into usable lumber for gluing and joining. If there is a mill near by they could do it. However, is this wood "heavy"? It may not be you best choice if it is.
     
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    Ask a neighbour if some one has a saw or a mill big enough to get some quarter sawn lumber from that, you might find that some rural folks are fairly well equipt in that department. I did 27 trees in one weekend due to pine beetle I bucked and gave away all of the wood to some one who needed it, 20/20 hind sight beetle pine is sought after wood because of the very beautiful coloured grain ( it turns streaked tan ,blue , purple and black ) but i needed to move it.
     
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    In the old days the lumber for instruments was split from the log.
    A neck blank would be split and seasoned, then milled when it nears time to use.
    Easy to grain orient as long as the blank is big enough.
    Top and back blanks would be split radially in pie shapes, so an arched top gets book match glued up at the wide end of the pie which was the outside of the tree or log. Those pieces are naturally quarter “sawn” even though no sawing was done.

    Green wood is what you want for splitting since it still flexes rather than getting damaged, then it relaxes into a naturally straight as possible rest as it seasons.
    That custom goes back before sawmills and still works today!
     
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    Only yesterday I climbed a dumpster where a house is being torn down.
    Resistance is possible!
     
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    That was interesting.
     
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    Bear in mind the wood has to be seasoned as noted. You cant just start cutting necks and bodies.
     
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    I think we need a discussion group for the affliction, oh wait, we have this forum…to make it worse. Lol
     
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    A friend of mine built his own house a few years ago and milled and dried all of the wood for cabinets and trim. That cured me of even thinking about guitar wood.
     
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    Walk over to the pile of wood, pretend to bend down to tie your shoe lace and while no one’s looking slip a log or two up your trouser leg. By the time they notice anythings missing, you’ll be long gone.

    I hope you have big trousers.
     
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