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Wood gloat

2010-01-06 06:52:17.169541+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

This evening’s Sonoma County Woodworkers Association meeting was at Luthier's Mercantile International Inc. up in Windsor. The presentation on guitar building was excellent (as every SCWA presentation I’ve been to has been), but they also had a scrap pile, $5/lb. Maybe $105 for that haul isn’t a tremendous deal, as a lot of that wood is pretty thin, but I think I can get 5 pairs of book matched Walnut door panels out of that, I’m going to cut the guitar sides in pieces and use them as a curved top to a jewelry case, there’s at least three other bookmatched door panels there, some curly maple that I can put into a couple of drawer fronts, and a few other pieces that’ll add some accent and pop.

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 19:52:34.259985+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

I'm not sure what to do with the Ziricote (dark heart wood with the very light sap wood) or the Camatillo (the red heart wood with the light sap wood), as those are a little bit too much grain even for me, but I'm sure I'll figure something out...

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 19:49:49.462185+00 by: Dan Lyke

If Charlene can tolerate the mix, I was going to make those two pieces on the lower right as doors to a necklace hanging area, with the curly maple in the middle for drawer fronts for earrings and rings below the doors, and the guitar sides at top right lopped up to provide a curved top. Might even be enough stock there to do something similar for the bottom. Turn those three pieces with something light colored, maple, birch or alder, for the glue/frame that holds it all together into a hang-on-the wall jewelry box.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 18:28:42.85071+00 by: meuon

Beautiful. I'd be making jewelry boxes or something elegant out of the two pieces in the lower right.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 17:55:47.140729+00 by: Dan Lyke

Dave, oh yeah we would.

Chris, I'd gloat over our weather, but I'm sure our turn is coming.

M, yeah, since I don't have resaw capability I dived on it. The walnut is 3/16, which is thick enough for door panels. If I support the edges I think most of that can just be panels, but if it's too thin I'll just laminate it to plywood and call it veneer.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 13:45:27.128148+00 by: m

That looks like a sweet deal to me. At least from the photo, the bookmatches look really nice. Thin wood can be extremely useful. I'd much rather buy it at $5/lb than resawing it on a bandsaw and planing it.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 13:07:24.840223+00 by: Chris

I love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like sawdust. Good stack of wood, lots of creative potential there. Northern Florida has turned into an icebox, am considering converting my shop into a cold storage facility

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 10:11:59.966068+00 by: DaveP [edit history]

You and Chad, who did my bathroom, bookcases and pergola, would have a whole bunch of fun shopping together.