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Kentucky coffeetree

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Dave Hicks, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Friend of Leo's

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    I recently heard about somebody who cut down a big coffeetree and is setting the wood aside to make some Tele-style bodies out of. Anybody tried this, or seen one?

    D.H.
     
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    Not yet :)!!!

    I've seen the trees (real shaggy bark) and the beans, but never worked with the wood.

    The leaves (especially) and the bark are the real give-away as to the species.

    Supposedly similar to Locust wood, hard and heavy.

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    OMG, run for your life! :eek:
     
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    Same family as locust and rosewood (not to mention kidney beans).

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  5. old wrench

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    How about a can of kidney beans :) ???

    They're way better than kidney stones ;).


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    Coffee?
     
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    You win a post. It's made of Kentucky Coffee wood.
     
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    I’m wondering if it would be better off as a fretboard material and possibly as an acoustic guitar bridge material.

    The few pieces I’ve dealt with in my life were hard and heavy. I’m not personally opposed to heavy guitars but I know a lot of folks are. The small sample size I’ve seen in person is visually appealing when finished.
     
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    Kentucky coffee is with bourbon. Good luck with the tree.
     
  10. Dave Hicks

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    Not the KY kind, I hope. I've made it, and the following quote applies (we'll ignore the fact that he thinks real coffee comes from India):

    When Kentucky was first settled by the adventurous pioneers from the Atlantic states who commenced their career in the primeval wilderness, almost without the necessaries of life, except as they produced them from the fertile soil, they fancied that they had discovered a substitute for coffee in the seeds of this tree; and accordingly the name of coffee-tree was bestowed upon it. But when communication was established with the sea-ports, they gladly relinquished their Kentucky beverage for the more grateful flavor of the Indian berry; and no use is at present made of it in that manner.

    — Andrew Jackson Downing
     
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    Something like ash in appearance:

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    I personally have not worked with that species but have since some very nice furniture projects executed from it. I see no reason why it wouldn't be pleasurable to work with for your purpose, especially if you like the big, archy plain-sawn look that's similar to ash, oak, etc..
     
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    I ran across this species a couple years ago at a local hardwood lumberyard. "Expensive" is all I remember.
     
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    Anything "less common" is going to command a higher board foot price at retailers.
     
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    14' long Kentucky Coffeetree slice of heaven.

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    Fretboards and acoustic bridges . Quartersawn for fretboards and flat sawn for bridges . Best yet flat sawn and cut on a tangent for bridges . This helps prevent cracking and delaminating along the grain . I would also consider it for bridge plates .
     
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    There are a lot of native domestic woods that are suitable for guitars - either electric or acoustic.

    The second Tele I built was a one-piece body made from a real pretty piece of Catalpa. Similar in looks and weight to light-weight swamp Ash.

    The Catalpa wood works and finishes similar to Ash, but it's grain was not quite as open as Ash, at least on the piece I used.

    I had some big logs of Osage Orange that I recovered while doing some storm damage clean-up. I gave the sawmill guy directions on how to cut them so I would end up with quartersawn pieces for making necks. What I ended up with was instead of quartersawn, it was all cut perfectly flatsawn and an explanation of "Oh, I thought you meant . . . ;)".

    It's been drying for about 3 years now up in the attic, so it should be getting pretty close to being ready now. It'll still make some good sturdy necks even though they are flatsawn :).

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    What did you make with that?

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