Reclaimed ASH junior??? UPDATED TITLE

drittal

Nerd on the Prairie
#1
We have a pipe yard for oil drilling in town where rail cars of pipe are unloaded for transfer to trucks. This pipe is stacked on the rail cars with rough cut birch and oak 2”x4” lumber. They are a full 2”x 4”. It’s free to take a couple boards or $5 for a whole pickup load.

So I was thinking of maybe trying to make a singlecut junior body out of it. I understand oak is very heavy, but a thin Junior should make it tolerable.lband the slab shape and no frills junior should make it easier to build for a first attempt.



The plan would be to use a warmoth neck with Gibson scale conversion.


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#8
I was told (I think by John Ambler when I was on the course) that oak is fine for a body but not for a neck, because it has a tendency to split along its length (I think that was the reason!). Of course, you have to deal with its hardness and weight, but that's doable. This looks like it has interesting possibilities!

I'd be quite tempted, given that these are 4" widths anyway, to try to achieve something like an old-fashioned parquet effect on the body :) Can you add anything cosmetic as a nod towards the origin of the oak planks?
 

drittal

Nerd on the Prairie
#9
I was told (I think by John Ambler when I was on the course) that oak is fine for a body but not for a neck, because it has a tendency to split along its length (I think that was the reason!). Of course, you have to deal with its hardness and weight, but that's doable. This looks like it has interesting possibilities!

I'd be quite tempted, given that these are 4" widths anyway, to try to achieve something like an old-fashioned parquet effect on the body :) Can you add anything cosmetic as a nod towards the origin of the oak planks?
Interesting concept. To this point I had just been thinking of maybe using a couple of 1” strips of birch between 3 strips of oak. But I like this... maybe chevron style...
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drittal

Nerd on the Prairie
#15
Work progressed yesterday,


And immediately hit a snag. As we planed the body the handful of bug holes turned into the entire whiter area being ate up.



We had very little spare wood left as both ends were cut off due to warped or split wood. Not enough to make a 3 piece body. I mulled over the idea of hollowing out the channels and filling with epoxy. I spent a couple of hours with a pick, wire brush and air compressor. You can see from the picture there just wasn’t much left and even if I filled what I could dig out, much of the center would be hollow and not very strong.

I regrouped and have up with 2 alternatives. I was hoping we had enough good wood left to cut out the bad center, re-glue the two good pieces and add short wings to add enough width for the hips of the guitar. If not I was going to use an oak center piece with walnut stripes on each side. Well, it looks like we have enough...



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