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Every year my dad and my brothers and I go rooting around in or 5-6 acre patch of woods for trees to burn during the winter as fire-wood to cut electricity costs and all that good stuff. This year, my dad said he found a good cherry tree near the back, so I fire up ye olde chain saw and went looking for it.

Now I happen to love the smell and look of cherry, so at this point I was already getting good vibes about this tree.


Anyways, I slayed the beast with my chain saw; it was probably about 115 feet tall, and about 2.5 feet in diameter at the base, so it was no small tree. Anyways, 3-4 weeks later my dad went out to do the dirty work of hacking it into rounds, and we lugged them back to our back yard and got to splitting them with our friends log splitter.

Once we cracked into a few rounds, and were whiffing the sweet sweet whiff of fresh-cut cherry, I started to notice some funny wavy patterns in the cherry. I wouldn't have noticed these last winter, since it as right around that time when I was getting into guitar building, so figuring in wood isn't something I noticed/knew about very much. Since then I've been seeing it in tables, chairs, bookcases, etc., wishing I could re-cut the furniture into guitar necks and such

So I saw this wavy junk and thought it looked a lot like curl/flame, but for a few weeks I just forgot about it. Today my curiosity got the better of me and I grabbed one of the logs, sawed it up and surfaced one of the sides. Sure enough, there was some great curl to the wood, just like I thought. Check it out:




Unfortunately, we've since cut all the rounds into little logs that would fit in our wood-stove, so there is no longer any usably large sizes of the stuff.....





If only we A) had not cut all the rounds and B) I had access to a kiln, I would have had a enough curly cherry to build about 35 guitars........
Last edited by lumberjack at Jan 23, 2009,
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Unfortunately, we've since cut all the rounds into little logs that would fit in our woodstove, so there is no longer any usably large sizes of the stuff.....



5-piece body? 3-? 6-? If you don't have something long enough for a neck, you should whack yourself on the side of the head.

Anyway, save some and dry/store them ... who knows, in 3 years, 5, etc. ...



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5-piece body? 3-? 6-? If you don't have something long enough for a neck, you should whack yourself on the side of the head.

Anyway, save some and dry/store them ... who knows, in 3 years, 5, etc. ...



*posted from buddy's network*



The original rounds were big enough to get about 2 solid, one piece bodies and enough wings for probably one or two more bodies....they were huge. And no I don't have any wood big enough for necks/bodies, the rounds were all cut up about 2-3 months ago, long before I cut this piece and surfaced it.......

But you know, now that I think about it, there might be a round or so out in the woods that we left. I'll have to investigate. But seriously, even if I did have enough wood for a body or neck, drying it without a kiln would take years if I'm not mistaken. Getting raw wood down to an acceptable moister content level takes FOREVER without a kiln, right?
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wow that sucks, i made a build outta cherry and it looks pretty awesome, but that was normal cherry, i would love to have some curly cherry
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I think the rule with air drying wood is at least 1 year per inch of thickness, and measure after to be sure.
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I think the rule with air drying wood is at least 1 year per inch of thickness, and measure after to be sure.



Yeah, that makes any wood I find out there borderline worthless as far as building goes, as I have no idea where I will be in a year, and even less of an idea if I will have access to my ( or anyone else's for that matter ) tools.

I do know a sort of "family friend" who has done work for my dad before who runs a very expansive exotic lumber factory/store/flooring company. Let's pretend I can get him to let me use his kiln, how long would that take to dry out in a kiln??
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I believe it takes 1-4 months? somewhere in there...I think o.O


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If at all possible, find a way to make it usable. It looks really cool dude.
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you chopped it up
When will you ever learn





I thought it was only like 2-3 weeks in a kiln? I suggest you take a wander out and look for some more, hopefully theres some with a nice figure like this one.

haha, i know what you mean about noticing the figure more, i always see it in table and stuff and I can always find a place in a guitar where it could go
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you chopped it up
When will you ever learn



Aye, if you've ever worked in the woods you'd know there's absolutely no way of knowing whether there will be figuring in raw lumber if you're just looking at the end of a bark-having, 200lb chain-sawed rounds

Of course, if I had known there was figuring in this I would have saved enough for a few guitars.


And yes, I'm still going to go scavenging around back there to see if we left anything worth while...if so, I'll put in a call to said kiln-owning family friend, and see if I can't get something going on. How cool would it be to build a curly cherry guitar out of lumber growing in my back yard? Very cool.
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how big is your back yard?



Very. I live in a semi-rural area where I could walk 10 feet out my front, back, garage, or basement door, unzip, and take a wee without anyone seeing me in action. That's more from strategic landscaping than anything else though, there are like 3 houses within 200 yards of my house, so they would see me if it weren't for the trees we've got.


Ha, anyways, I live on about 28 acres of land, half of it's feilds and half of it's woods, so "back yard" might not be the right phrase for it
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My yard is like 100 feet wide and 200 feet deep, with a house in the middle....

Damn suburbia.

I have a sort of cherry tree in my bak yard, and the crotch (lawl) would be a perfect flying V.

Lets hope you find more wood and a kiln man!
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#21
feel like sending some my way? And getting me some cheap maple from said family friend? :-D
#22
DUDE, ok heres how you can STILL make a guitar out of it. go through all the wood that you have and find a few pieces that you REALLY like. and take them and have them in the room with the wood burning stove, but obviously mark them DONT BURN. then cut them up into as big of pieces as you can, alittle bit thicker than a normal guitar would be, so later on you can glue up the body and have a 2, 3, 4, or howevermany pieces you want body. since you have a wood burning stove, the air in there will be very dry and the heat will help out with the drying process. after the wood is cut, put it in the room with the stove and then you can forget about them for about a year. then a year from now, plane them on all 4 sides, and glue them up and you got yourself a body blank!
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DUDE, ok heres how you can STILL make a guitar out of it. go through all the wood that you have and find a few pieces that you REALLY like. and take them and have them in the room with the wood burning stove, but obviously mark them DONT BURN. then cut them up into as big of pieces as you can, alittle bit thicker than a normal guitar would be, so later on you can glue up the body and have a 2, 3, 4, or howevermany pieces you want body. since you have a wood burning stove, the air in there will be very dry and the heat will help out with the drying process. after the wood is cut, put it in the room with the stove and then you can forget about them for about a year. then a year from now, plane them on all 4 sides, and glue them up and you got yourself a body blank!



That would be cool but look what I wrote about 8 posts back:

Quote by lumberjack

Yeah, that makes any wood I find out there borderline worthless as far as building goes, as I have no idea where I will be in a year, and even less of an idea if I will have access to my ( or anyone else's for that matter ) tools.



Bummer dude. Today is the day though! I'm going to go rooting through my woods and see if we left any sizable chunks out there, and if so, maybe call up that old time dude with a kiln!

Also, thanks Sleaze Disease; I must admit I am a staunch proponent of the unwarranted promulgation, proliferation, and voracious execution of verbosity!
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what about me.. Its driving me crazy its impossible to get wood for a body under $100

If you have a planer, table saw and joiner, you can buy rough cut lumber from a hardwood supplier for very cheaply. When I bought the rough African Mahogany, it was $4/bf, so I got all I needed for like $30, can find a nice quilted maple top for $50, so under $100, but you'll need to do a bit more work.
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what about me.. Its driving me crazy its impossible to get wood for a body under $100


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