#1
How can I tell a tree's grain, without chopping it down and planeing it?

Does anyone have a website to tell this?


I have 642 acres of trees at my disposal and 94% of it is Maple, Cherry, Oak, Elm, and Birch. The rest is Pine.

Also, my father cuts wood here and a few years back, he cut down 7 logs of Quilted Maple. Not knowing its value, he burnt it to heat our house. Such a bad mistake.

Also, what woods should I build my guitar out of? Its going to be an electric, 2 humbucker etc. etc. etc. I was thinking of all Maple through it, Solid.


Your thoughts?
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#4
If you want to use wood from your trees then it needs to be cut and let dry for a couple years, or if you have a kild available somewhere you can use that.
#5
Yes, i do have a kild available. It can be professionally cut and planed for a minimal fee. I am leaning towards the Cherry neck with a Maple body.
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#7
Quote by Sqeeezie
Yes, i do have a kild available. It can be professionally cut and planed for a minimal fee. I am leaning towards the Cherry neck with a Maple body.


You happen to mean a kiln? And what's the likelyhood of the wood warping whlie being baked?
#8
If you want to identify a tree, go here.

http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeid.cfm

You can't tell the 'direction' of the grain without cutting it down. Also, a kild? Are you for real here?

What kind of maples, birch, oak, cherry, etc though, where are you located?

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Last edited by AlGeeEater at Aug 27, 2006,
#9
Quote by Sqeeezie

Also, my father cuts wood here and a few years back, he cut down 7 logs of Quilted Maple. Not knowing its value, he burnt it to heat our house. Such a bad mistake.


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#10
hmmm makes me wanna ask that guy who i work with what kinda trees he grows
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#11
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#12
My schools entire gym floor as well as performance stage is made mostly of figured maple.

The stuff isn't rare, its only valuable after you determine the grade. Other than that its just maple.
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#13
accually algee....hes a complete pothead and grows plants(probably why hes a cook)

but he works on a tree farm and maybe i could get some wood off of him


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amp:
Raven rg100
#14
Quote by Funky P
My schools entire gym floor as well as performance stage is made mostly of figured maple.

The stuff isn't rare, its only valuable after you determine the grade. Other than that its just maple.

You're right, 'figure' isnt rare at all in most trees. A lot say it's caused from disease/ distresss, and whichever it may be all trees go through certain levels of stress. There are flamed table tops in diners & restarants everywhere, but they're not considered figured by our means. They're considered defects which is why your school probaly uses them (although it maybe just be a veneer ontop of something else).

Quilted maple IS valuable & rare depending on the grade. Crappy quilt is not even going to be considered figured. Good quilt is very rare, and only occurs usually on pacific maple.

Chris
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#15
^ Listen to Algee, he knows alot about nice looking wood.
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