TDPRI 2010 $210 Tele build challenge - Sheoakaster

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Here is my entry, a 69 thinline body with Wilkinson PAF's. The body will be two piece Sheoak back and a bookmatched sheoak top with single white binding. The neck will be 1 piece Sheoak with a Jarrah(Red) or yate (cream) skunk stripe.
The piece of wood on the left is the body and on the right the neck. Currently they are very rough chainsaw cut chunks.
 

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The timber cost me nothing as it came from my parents farm. I went out in search of some wood and while walking through the bush I found this stump.

The tree has been dead for at least 20 years, probably longer and it has been in my garage for nearly 12 months now. Should be plenty dry enough.
 

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A short walk from the stump and I am presented with this view.
I will have to live there again one day. :)
 

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Well here goes. First cut's always make me nervous. I hope all is good on the inside.

Hmmm, that crack could be a problem.:neutral:
 

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After a few more cuts the two halves of the body back look like this. A much more appropriate size for a guitar body.
The one on the right has me worried. I think the crack goes too far into the body. :( I will take it to work with me on Tuesday and run it through the thicknesser. I may well end up making the join not central to the back. Which is ok cos the top will be bookmatched.
 

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A short walk from the stump and I am presented with this view.
I will have to live there again one day. :)

Manypeaks, yes? I miss that area, we moved to Meekatharra in December, and there is no wood up here. Guitar building has stopped.... for now. Can't wait to see your planks all done up.
 

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Manypeaks, yes? I miss that area, we moved to Meekatharra in December, and there is no wood up here. Guitar building has stopped.... for now. Can't wait to see your planks all done up.

The hills in the distance are the Porongorups. In that shot Manypeaks is to the far right out of the picture. On a good day you can see the Stirling range as well from that spot.
 

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Went to Bunnings and bought an electric plane.

Straightened up some edges to see what I might get out of this neck chunk.
 

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Off to the bandsaw to see what it looks like in the middle.

Hmm, could get two necks out of this. ;)
 

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With a bit more planing and some more bandsaw work, here we have two neck blanks. The one on the right is quarter sawn the other flat sawn. I will use the one that looks best once routed to shape. I think the quarter sawn one will look the best. I have penciled a neck shape on one of them.
 

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Here is the complete set. Planed the body blanks ready to go through the thicknesser tomorrow at work.
 

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Way cool! Theres nothing like free wood, turning something that would have just rotted into a piece of art. Good on ya mate!

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I got a surprise at work today, I found a new $6000 dollar jointer sitting there so I ran the pieces over that first then thicknessed them up.

Here they are all thicknessed up and ready to be trimmed, glued and shaped.

I love the grain patterns in this wood. I am happy with these shots the colors are pretty much true to life.
 

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You're wood is really nice!

Wow, that looks great.

Never seen sheoak before, lovely looking wood.
Good luck with your build, gonna look good

Thanks for your comments. The timber is unique in that it is only found here in the southwest of Western Australia. There are similar species of tree found elsewhere in Australia. Sheoak is a highly desirable woodworkers timber locally and given that it is quite expensive. Part of the reason for that is because of the nature of the medullary rays in the wood it cracks quite easily if left exposed to the elements. Walking through the bush here you can find whole trees that have split up and are effectively only useful for firewood. It can be quite difficult to get good lengths of solid timber, hence the price.
 
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