This weeks bounty… part 2, the rest of the haul. This is the rest of the Martin Guitar wood, plus whatever else was there. Lots of rosewood. May be some guitar size, but a lot of it is smaller. There … Continue reading →
All of a sudden I seem to have a wood storage issue. My new shop area is just being set up.
Last week I regretted not buying some old Martin Guitar wood that I stumbled upon at a workshop clean out. A couple emails over the week and today I got everything except a couple neatly stacked bundles of rosewood which went to a Ukelele maker. I’ll find out who got that shortly.
I just semi split it up. If its all decent, and I think most is, there is enough adirondack spruce for 15-17 full guitar tops. Probably enough mahogany for 5 to 10 backs, maybe some sides. Plenty of rosewood, maybe some guitar size. I’d be set if I wanted to try to make ukeleles or mandolins. Plus a ton of small pieces of rosewood, a bunch of cherry, a bit of curly koa and some random oak.
I think this was a score. I paid a few bucks each for the spruce and mahogany and rounded up to take everything else. Probably helped that the shelf was a complete mess and it was hard to tell what was there. Total cost for all of it would equal about 4 to 5 mid grade book matched spruce tops at current retail prices.
How do things like this fall in my lap? Sometimes I just think about something and it happens. Like the anvil I was given after I thought about trying out blacksmithing for a few months.
All the wood is sitting in the shop acclimating, I was going sticker and weight the guitar size stuff in a built in cabinet. No Idea where I’m going to put the rest, but I have some thoughts. Some of it is warped from poor storage, but I think may be able to be flattened. Any suggestions welcome.
Drove down to NC to visit my best friend and his girl for a few days. Another friend and his wife live about 30 minutes away. Stopped by there for a visit yesterday. He gave me a trunk full of local cedar. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. There are some decent size boards in there. He also gave me a couple different cacti pads, one from a big prickly pear. Looking forward to trying to grow those at home.
Had a fantastic pork cheek BBQ sandwich. And local rabbit sausage which I tried unsuccessfully to purchase.
I predict the 8 hour drive home in a couple days will have lower gas mileage but smell pretty good.
Went to a friend’s neighbors today because they were selling the contents of her father’s wood shop. Thought I was in for some cool tools. There were nice tools, but nothing special, and they researched well and prices were a bit high for the things that I didn’t already have.
They had his wood storage room appraised and wanted a few thousand for it, which may have been worth it to someone who builds and sells furniture. But I noticed a shelf off to the side stacked with thin pieces. I asked about it and they said “oh, they came from the Martin Guitar factory”. I guess he knew someone who worked there and they appear to be seconds.
To make my long story short, she had no idea what to ask for them. I’m a horrible shopper and certainly bad at making an offer on something like that. I was a bit overwhelmed. So I only left with a pair of 8.25” x 21.5” spruce top boards and a two pair of sides (not sure on the wood) for a few bucks to take home and research. They may be seconds to Martin, but 75% would probably work for me. There were probably 60 or so spruce tops (8.25” x 21.5”), some full mahogany backs, and a stack of exotics which were a bit narrow at 6” wide x 21.5” long, all about 1/8” thick. Plus tons of random sizes and species.
I feel like a dumb ass right after I left. I emailed to see if I could pick up more next week and to see what she would want for the entire shelf. We will see.
Last Xmas present… weird wood vessel. Made this from wood that I found. Still standing, but quite rotten on the outside. Didn’t turn this like the other one. Cut a piece, drilled, cleaned with a stiff wire brush, and sealed … Continue reading →
Turned a rough pencil holder/thingy for my grandfather. I think its locust. Found it when I cut an old apple tree earlier this year. It has some weird anomalies where the branches met the trunk. Seems like there were a bunch of similar downed trees in that area. This piece doesn’t have a noticeable anomaly, I just used a plain section. Turned the top and bottom. Wire brushed and sealed the rough part. Drying overnight. Just in time! I made a piece from an abnormal section, which I’ll post later. Its a gift for someone who looks at my tumblr page often.
Also roasted 6 batches of coffee on the stove top as last minute presents. That’s enough to make me seriously consider starting my roaster build.
And I had time to work on a secondary bench for my new shop. I’ll post a few pics of that later…
Went to a Christmas (or Christpocalypse) party last night at a friends house. It’s about an hour and a half drive, so thankfully they had a spare room for me, especially knowing the quality of his home brews. A few months ago … Continue reading →
Yes another wood post… Devised a fixture for cutting lumber on the bandsaw. Built it last week and finished when the t-slots arrived yesterday. Its basically a table that attaches to the band saw, with a sled that runs in … Continue reading →
I think I found my guitar top! While searching for some scrap wood to make racks for my chisels, I found some redwood. I’d seen little pieces around, but I found the stash of big boards. Pulled a couple out … Continue reading →