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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:53 am 
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I’m building an acoustic guitar using a spalted maple back/side set that I bought several years ago. Don’t remember where I got it from. The book matched back is quite attractive (see photo). The side are OK looking but seem to have a lot of runout because they refused to bend without cracking, even though the wood was reasonably thin (.080). So, I’m now in search of some nice spalted maple, roughly matching the back, that I can resaw into some new sides. Looking for something roughly 35” long, 4.5” wide and perhaps .75” thick. Ideally quarter sawn but it must have minimal runout. Any leads?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:22 am 
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You might try asking Wood to Works. I could me mistaken but that spalt line could be a serious weak link. Just saying.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:31 am 
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What Danny said, spalted maple is about the most frustrating wood to work with.
I will take a look in my stash and see if I can find a match for you. May take a day or so.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:23 am 
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Bri wrote:
What Danny said, spalted maple is about the most frustrating wood to work with.
I will take a look in my stash and see if I can find a match for you. May take a day or so.

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Many thanks. Appreciate you having a look.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:26 am 
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DannyV wrote:
You might try asking Wood to Works.

Good idea. I’ll give them a try.

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Andy, that is going to be a beautiful guitar. One thought on bending the sides. and maybe even fortifying the back, how about doing a laminate?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:35 pm 
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Andy, that is going to be a beautiful guitar. One thought on bending the sides. and maybe even fortifying the back, how about doing a laminate?


Yes, laminated sides is a definite possibility. If I could find a source for similar looking spalted maple veneer, I might be able to laminate it to a side of plain maple. Several possibilities if I can source the materials.

The back is quite solid. No worries there.

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“The back is quite solid. No worries there.”

I have thought this same thing when building furniture or cabinet doors. Without warning, during sanding, cutting or clamping .... two pieces from one.
I ended up fooding any suspect areas with CA.

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Andy Bounsall wrote:
I’m building an acoustic guitar using a spalted maple back/side set that I bought several years ago. Don’t remember where I got it from. The book matched back is quite attractive (see photo). The side are OK looking but seem to have a lot of runout because they refused to bend without cracking, even though the wood was reasonably thin (.080). So, I’m now in search of some nice spalted maple, roughly matching the back, that I can resaw into some new sides. Looking for something roughly 35” long, 4.5” wide and perhaps .75” thick. Ideally quarter sawn but it must have minimal runout. Any leads?



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:39 pm 
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Bri wrote:
What Danny said, spalted maple is about the most frustrating wood to work with.
I will take a look in my stash and see if I can find a match for you. May take a day or so.

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Any luck finding something Brian?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:43 pm 
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Sorry Andy, have not been to the shop all week. Will head over tomorrow and have a look.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:35 pm 
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Andy, this is the only piece I have that matches your dimensions.
6-1/2”x 50” x 7/8”
There is a bit of heart wood on one face, on the top of the first pic, 4-1/4” from the left edge
Last pic is wiped with mineral spirits.
I think I could get 4 usable sides out of this, might need to be creative.
I could resaw this further to determine usability if you are interested.
I would send it for the cost of shipping.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:54 am 
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Brian, pm sent.

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