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6 metres of sumfink

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Mat UK, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
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    I am now in posession of 6 metres of wood... tonewood if you like ;-)

    I have 2 lengths of Tulipwood (poplar) and two lengths of Maple. There's enough for about three 2-piece bodies and 12 necks.

    I have a habit of starting bits and pieces and not following through, this is unlikely to be much different although all those bits of projects will fall under this thread... so this is more or less a workshop thread (you'll notice the absence of a workshop, mind you)

    So what's the point in the above wood? Dunno... no plans as yet. Sorry - dead end!
     
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  2. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    Just start cutting away everything that doesn't look like a guitar. There's your plan. Helpful aren't I. :D
     
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  3. tewiq

    tewiq Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Jul 27, 2010
    Granby Qc. Canada
    I've used poplar and its a lot nicer to machine than ash ... it also has a very good tone :)
     
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  4. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Ha, that sounds like a mantra for life - if it's not guitar cut it out. Deep
     
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  5. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve TDPRI Member

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    Mar 4, 2010
    Arkansas
    that looks like walnut from here? where's the green part of the poplar? i may be going color blind, or need a new phone...carry on...
     

  6. tintag27

    tintag27 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Macclesfield, UK
    oh, don't be a tease!
    ...so you wandered into B&Q for some doorknobs, and found this lot in the discount bins next to the till ? I don't think so :0)
     

  7. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Maybe all of the above! There is green running through it - I'll try sending a better pic...
     

  8. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    I wish, it seems as soon as wood gets 'hard' in Britain it becomes a specialist item. There's a place called SL Hardwoods in south London - a real gem and better priced then 'tonewood'
     
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  9. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    That was some sculptors answer to how he approached a block of stone. Don't remember who. And in his case he was sculpting a horse. But you are right...
     
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  10. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    Poplar gets some of its color from the minerals of the area in which the tree feeds.

    Secondly, the poster is from the UK, and were are in the US. I'm pretty sure that geography / species variation plays a part.

    Thirdly, everyone knows that poplar in the UK has a much better tonality than poplar in the US because of the reverse directionality of the frequency resonance that UK poplar due to the internal structure of the pores.
     
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  11. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    To illustrate both of your points I have doctored my wood image to represent the natural colourings of American Poplar (left) and my British Poplar (right) - a subtle difference in colouration but as NotAnotherHobby pointed out drastically different sonic properties...

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  12. Tremade

    Tremade Tele-Holic

    612
    Jan 30, 2016
    Sthlm, Sweden
    Luckily, I wasn't drinking coffee at the moment I read your post, Mat!
     
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  13. twr1

    twr1 TDPRI Member

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    Dec 15, 2016
    sonoma county, California
    Yeah, I've never heard of sumfink growing here.
     
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  14. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Yup, that's what poplar looks like around here.
     
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  15. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    New addition to the team - 2 metres of sonokeling rosewood. Use: fretboards and possibly a neck or two

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  16. metecem

    metecem Friend of Leo's

    New CITES!

    Get a proper certificate for that wood otherwise that guitar will never leave the UK.
     
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  17. MM73

    MM73 Tele-Afflicted

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    Feb 24, 2015
    South Lyon, MI
    You are collecting wood like I collect tools.

    Hopefully, you will make use of your collection.
     
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  18. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    A builder after my own heart. Wood, we need more wood!

    Looking a little green in the gills there ;)

    Poplar is great for necks too, don't waste all of it on bodies.
     
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  19. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    I'll drop them an email, thanks for the heads up... Although I can't see me getting an invite to the Holy Grail Guitar show any time soon ;-)

    I hope so too! Being time poor, spending money on these projects is me fooling myself into thinking I'm making progress!

    There was plenty more tempting timber at the merchant, walnut and wenge, but I think that would have been me getting ahead of myself. I'll have plenty of poplar offcuts so I'll be sure to honour your suggestion!

    Next stop (more spending) is popping to the local DIY shop to fetch some MDF for templates and jigging. When I eventually do get going I'll be running "the most
    sophisticated, professionalised and successful guitar building program that the forum has ever seen"
     

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