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Need advice about my bookmatched quilted maple4/7
I acquired (on eBay) two thick slabs of quilted maple which were sawn bookmatched about 3 weeks ago. Together, when dry, I hope to make one nice solid-body guitar body. This is not a lot of wood, just two thick slabs.
I have almost no idea what I'm doing, except I have friends who always let their guitar wood sit indoors in 'normal' climate for 2 years before they run them thru a plane and jointer and glue & sand & cut & shape & rout & sand etc.. But I suspect they spend more money and purchase drier wood.
The boards seem darker and browner in the middle of the faces, and lighter colored near the corners, as if the edges are drying lighter. The ends have been dipped in wax. I have no knowledge of whether they were originally lighter and are now darkening due to oxidation? If so, I have no clue how deep that is.
What's the best approach for drying? Should I look for someone experienced, and how in the world would I find someone? I've been reading, but I have no moisture meter nor an I likely to get one. Should I just send it to my sister in Arizona and tell her to put it on a top shelf in her living room? Kiln drying sounds like quite an art, adding humidity to dry it with circulating heat so the outside doesn't try faster than the inside...pretty confusing to me.
It sounds like your friends are on track with that style of drying....my advice is to ask them their technique.....it could take 2 or more yrs ADing. I AD my lumber than KD for the most stability.
I think you've jumped in as many others do WITHOUT doing your homework first. Your project is doable BUT has many risks and time involved. My opinion I'm fixing to give isn't because I sell wood BUT because most people DON'T have a clue of what's involved NOR what's the correct goal should be.
My advice to anyone starting out is to buy correctly dried wood first and then learn all aspects of drying prior to purchasing and drying....you'll find out it's cheaper when ALL the time and risks are figured in, to go ahead and pay the large bucks for a dried slab ready to use.
Risks from green wood....1) bugs to start with 2) warpage 3) discoloring 4) checking 5) splitting
Maple in this case discolors worse than say oak or cherry due to being a "white" wood and stains very easily in drying as you're noticing the color changing now.
My advice is to sticker and wieght it good at this point and wait to dry. If your not interested in getting a meter than your not very serious about being correctly done.
quote "Kiln drying sounds like quite an art, adding humidity to dry it with circulating heat so the outside doesn't try faster than the inside." ????? questionable info but some basic truths...it does get very technical IF you try to speed things up!!!
Best of luck drying.
Have a Blessed evening.
TN Tim has indeed stated the main issues. If you can find someone in your area that knows drying use their services to get the quality you need.
From a musical point of view, two years of air drying allows for minimal internal stress at the end and so the musical tones will be mellowed. However, we can get the same results in a properly done kiln drying operation. In fact, if you can find a guitar builder close to you, let them dry the wood for you.