Old 2"x10"x8' Floor Joist Telecasters

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  1. GuitarsBuicks

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    Does anyone know if old floor joists of unknown age or species (most likely pine) make good telecaster/broadcaster guitar bodies. We are currently taking down a house and it has about 12 of these boards in it. are they worth saving to make cheap guitars out of?

    Also any tips on creation of these are welcome
     
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    You would need to join the two together to get a wide enough body. But I have built a few Teles out of pine, they are light weight and pretty resonate.
     
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    I think you could build a guitar body out of just about anything. There was a P-bass on here yesterday made from pallet planks. I think as long as the joinery is good between boards you should be just fine.
     
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    Are they true 2x10's? i.e. are they a full 2" thick or are they nominal, in other words 1.5" thick? You can make a Tele that is 1.5" thick but may have to buy short pots and switches to make them fit in the thinner than normal body. Tele bodies are typically 1 13/16 thick normally. So, a true 2x would be better than a nominal 2x at 1 1/2". Also, tele bodies typically are about 13" wide, so you would have to edge join two pieces, which is not a big deal. Any way you look at it, if it is free, why not take them and give it a shot. Many cool Teles have been built from reclaimed framing lumber. Pine, or Fir make great choices. I've even built a couple necks from Doug Fir.
     
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    I'd definitely do it. Edge-gluing two pieces will make a stronger body, anyway. Get two with some nice, straight-ish grain, and go for it.
     
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    That guy at Carmine St. Guitars seems to do pretty well making guitars out of old joists and planks, but they're not cheap though.
     
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    It’s my understanding that “old” pine has had a slow chemical process occur which makes it reeeeally resonant. Having been in a basement might negate the process. Could also be turned into really cool amp cabinets.
     
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    Sounds like a lot of work actually building a guitar ...

    They are cheaper online . ..
     
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    I have made four tele style guitars out of old pine barn wood (Ponderosa). I donated them to a conservation trust that owns the barn (which is over a hundred years old), they auctioned them off and got some pretty good prices for them. Since an electric guitar's sound comes from its pickups (FK puts on flame proof underwear) the feeling was that my barn casters were pretty good sounding guitars.

    Be wary of bits of metal lurking in the wood, stabilize knots and weird spots, work around funkyness (or incorporate it into your design) and post the results here
     
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    Rick Kelly is the guy. My avatar is one of his, made of old ash recycled from some building in NYC. I don't know how much the wood has to do with it, but it's a great guitar.
     
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    floor beams are often heavier timber than roof rafters ..... I go for DF rafters making bodies , a tele body comes out around 4 1/2 pounds...

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    How thick did that body wind up at, @trev333 ?

    I do know some folks around here will get a body glued up at 1.5" thick (or less) of pine or Douglas Fir, and then put/glue a layer of 1/4" plywood for the top. This gets the thickness back closer to the 1.75" range, and the plywood at the local home improvement stores can have some nice grain to it.

    I have many 10' long 2" x 8"s that have sat in my barn for at least 23 years. Probably pine or Doug fir. Both species are kinda the dominant trees here in the Pacific NW of the States. The "plywood plan" outlined above will probably be my first effort at making a Tele body. Be cheap enough I can afford to screw up a bit. :D
     
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    The end grains of the most recent tele .. the last blank made from those large lengths....

    They made teles, mustangs and P/T basses....

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    thickness... between 1 5/8 - 1 3/4.....4 1/2 ish Lbs,,,, depending on sanding any cupping, etc...

    all hand flattened with a big old sanding board....:)
     
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    Yes, you can use material like that. It may be resinous and it may be very heavy. It may also have metal in it so be sure you use a detector to ascertain if it's "just wood" or has surprises inside :)
     
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    A lot of what we call "Oregon Pine" was shipped here in the 80's after Mt St Helens ruined a lot of forests and they had to harvest a lot of it fast... could have been a few similar pine species as DF in the mix?.....

    exposed beams in houses and under verandas was popular, as was WRC cladding...

    a lot of those houses are getting wrecked now and newer houses built on the land... :)
     
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    V down or V up ? ..it's always a dilemma which way to go...:D


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