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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / I think the American chestnut is seasoned enough...

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Peegoo
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Jul 3rd, 2019 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back in 2008 (IIRC), FDPer Playonit (Greg Snook) sent me two slabs of chestnut as a show of gratitude for me making him some custom headstock decals. Each slab is 22" long, 14" wide, and 3/4" thick. I've had it stacked in my wood storage since then.

Chestnut this size is very hard to find unless it's reclaimed (taken from old barns, flooring, beams, etc.), because many years ago a blight that began at the Bronx Zoo in NY pretty much wiped out all wild chestnut trees. Chestnuts used to grow huge. They were the most common tree in the eastern US; about one in four trees was a chestnut. The few that you might find in the woods these days are stunted and usually diseased.

So I have this lovely rare chestnut and I think I'll make up a sandwich using a thin layer of a contrasting wood between them. I'm leaning toward a Tele-type of tone beasht. I could make up two bodies if I use a thick slab of other wood for the backs, but I think I'd like this to be mostly chestnut because I've never seen a solid-body guitar made from it.

Playonit has not been here for years. I may shoot him an email.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!

Yeah, it’s a sad story about chestnut.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's one of Greg's

creations.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one has a chestnut body, but a figured maple top.

Snook Tele

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Jul 3rd, 2019 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Too cool, you’ll need some narwhal tusk or mastodon ivory for the Fossilcaster Tele. Scrimshaw ivory* headstock overlay.







* aged Corian, who could tell “o)

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Jul 3rd, 2019 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Are you volunteering to assist with the [ahem] crowdfunded...effort?

:o)

I also have a very nice gourd YOU sent me many moons ago, and I need to create a ukulele with it.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had to look up the history of the blight because I remember seeing chestnut trees when I was a wee lad. It would have been Ohio or Michigan.

I guess there’s a blight-resistant chestnut that’s making a come-back.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

“Are you volunteering to assist with the [ahem] crowdfunded...effort?

I may have some stuff laying around. I never did get a good handle on the scrimshaw. Though I got pretty good at Glass etching trying learn. Figured practicing on glass was cheaper. I do have a few nuts of mastodon laying around. Might be able to scratch up some fossilized dugong rib, don’t think they had much of a femur.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

The extinct-o-caster


It has to happen!

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Jul 3rd, 2019 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  


Hah!!! LOL Leftee!


wrnchbndr

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Jul 3rd, 2019 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still have that tele-style body I made from the very same chestnut that you gave me. I took a bad turn with the design but its not a total write off to still make something with it. It will need a full pickguard like a tele custom but that's ok. Its light as a feather.

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Jul 3rd, 2019 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool, Mark!



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Aug 19th, 2019 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Finally focusing on this project. I want to make this body a bit thicker than standard, so the plan is to sammich something complimentary in color between the slabs of chestnut.

Went to my local exotic hardwoods shop and found some very nice yellowheart, already planed to the thickness I need. It was not available in a 13" width, so I'll edge glue it to make a panel.

It will make a really cool yellow stripe around the perimeter of the body.

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Aug 20th, 2019 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a pic, in progress. Yellowheart is a bright yellow color when freshly sanded and finished. Left raw, it darkens (oxidizes) and the yellow color is not so apparent. That's why it looks more tan than yellow here.

Three pieces of 1/2" thick yellowheart get the clamp torture

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Aug 20th, 2019 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

The will be amazing!!! Glad to see it in progress. Oy. I'm so behind!

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Aug 20th, 2019 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Went to my local exotic hardwoods shop..."

That means something completely different down here ;^)

Nice to see something new in the works at Peegoo's Toy Shop.

Hang on... that didn't sound right either...
oh, never mind.


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Aug 20th, 2019 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mick, you're a nut!

Another pic of in-progress. The smell of chestnut reminds me of hazelnut foo-foo coffee.

[ahem] ...not that's I'd ever actually drink that stuff. How 'bout them Broncos?

Sanded and ready for the termites

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Aug 20th, 2019 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hardwood Toys!!! Oh Mick,you're gonna burn for that one! Lol

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Aug 20th, 2019 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't raised the bar, but I've got half a bar on this one.


^^more Stralyin humor^^

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Aug 21st, 2019 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got the wood hogged out with a combination of 2 1/8" and 1 1/4" Forstner bits. The center section has through holes, and the front and back have blind holes. I have two registration holes for 1/8" pins in all three slabs so they'll line up when I sandwich them together with glue.

Once this is glued up, I'll stick the router template on and cut out the shape. Nobody will know this is mostly chambered but me.

[ahem] And you.

[blink blink] And everyone else with an Internet connection.

Sammich time

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:39 PM, Aug 21st, 2019)

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