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Forum topic by Tennessee posted 11-04-2011 09:23 PM 1103 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2011 09:23 PM

Recently I found a fellow to take the cedar logs that have been stacked on my property for four years. Cedar in Tenneessee is cheap, and this was definitely old growth, (mostly red in color and in some cases a little punky). I only wanted one log back planked 1” thick, and also asked him for three, ten foot long planks of dark walnut that he normally carries, since he is a clock/gunstock guy. He felt the deal was way better for him, I felt like the log cedar needed to go, and I can’t really use much of it at all in guitars, so we did the deal.

The three planks of dark walnut he brought over were wide and beautiful. I was already drooling at the colors that would come out in my guitars.
Boy was I surprised when I took a good look at the first plank and at one end, a large, maybe 10-12 inch branch had obviously grown out of the tree almost perpendicular to the tree, and the bandsaw had gone right through it, causing what I can only describe as quilted dark walnut.
I honestly had never seen this before, and after planing it in my spiralhead carbide planer, my thoughts were confirmed, truly quilted dark walnut. The first pieces are now the back of a guitar soon to be headed for Texas. It is just unbelievable with clear stain on it, and there isn’t even any lacquer on it yet and already it seems about two inches deep in reflections.
I have since asked him for more planks of this if he has it, and he said he has at least two more, and still feels like he got the better deal, so he has agreed to let me have two more planks of this stuff.

I know that technically, most any hardwood can be cut this way to cause somewhat of a quilt, but this is a first for me with dark walnut.
Anybody ever worked with quilted walnut? What other strange things have we all seen? I remember maybe 10 years ago when I first discovered candywood, (box elder). I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 11-04-2011 09:48 PM

You really need to add a picture or 2 to this post.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 11-04-2011 10:50 PM

I don’t get why people even post these threads without pictures…

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#3 posted 11-04-2011 11:08 PM

I once orderd six 3/4” X 4’ X 8’ sheets of A-4 Maple plywood. (4 grade back sheets are simply a Mill Choice backer which usually is some low-grade throw away wood.) What arrived was 6 sheets of relatively boring Maple A-face backed by some of the most amazing Quilted Black Walnut Veneer used for the #4 back sheet.

Needless to say these did not become Maple cabinets.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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