|Forum topic by BlauSchuh||posted 06-02-2012 05:11 PM||686 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
06-02-2012 05:11 PM
question for you folks that build guitars….
I’ve built a few guitars in the past (electrics), and am currently working on a couple of acoustics. I’ve almost always bought ebay wood that’s been ‘good to go’. I barely had to process the wood before using it. It was dry, It was pre-planed, and sometimes already glued up. No worries about warpage, etc. Only once did i come close to not having enough width on a guitar top.
I’m now looking at buying larger quantities of rough wood and just stacking it until I’m ready to use it. So the question is…
What should be the minimum dimensions i should be looking at? Most guitars are 1.75” – 2” thick in my experience. I have a gibson SG that is sort of an outlier at ~ 1 3/8”. I got some dry slabs a few weeks back that were just about 8/4 thick, maybe a bit over. Figure I was good to go. By the time I had sent them through the planer to get to a smooth surface on both sides I was left with barely 7/4. Still should work out fine.
How do you account for thickness shrinkage in green lumber when you want a 8/4 or 7/4 final thickness?