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help a rookie salvage some reclaimed pine10/2
I'm new to the woodworking arena and come here by way of my interest in guitars.
I have two 17"x13"x3.5" slabs of southern yellow pine that were originally used in the framing of an old grist mill (they were cut pre-1930 and seasoned 5 years prior to this). I want to use them as either a guitar body or in a speaker cabinet but do not know what needs to be done to prepare them for such applications.
I contacted the manufacturer and found out that they were finished with an oil based paint and have also absorbed quite a bit of oil during the time the mill was operating (apparently, this oil comes from both the lubing of the bearings to which they were attached as well as the flour/meal that they helped grind up). I was told that this oil is difficult to remove.
Any advice on what can be done to these slabs to make them suitable for use in a guitar or amp cab? Thanks!
That should burn nicely, and you could use your time and resources to purchase a more suitable starting point for your projects.
With all due respect, the company stopped using pine such as this for its grist mill frames around 1930 because of the scarcity of this fine grained heartwood.
Plus, here's a guy making guitars from similar old pine beams that have been reclaimed from the frames of NYC's older buildings:
Then again, if you know where to find slabs of this size that were cut from the old growth trees timbered in the 20's, do tell ...
I went downtown to the architectural salvage store and bought tons of old growth heart pine. I still have lots of it. It is very nice. It is also readily available all over.
I think you should just go for it, but it looks like kindling to me too. Some people learn best from their life experiences than others, and I suspect you are one.
You can put icing on a horse biscuit, but that doesn't make it a cupcake.
My thinking is that you must use old growth lumber for a guitar, I would look for kiln dried reclaimed river bottom lumber. I understand this lumber is very expensive but would worth it with all the intensive labor in making a guitar
I have cut slabs like this on my brothers band saw mill. Clamping a chunk this small is not easy but can be done. The hardest thing is finding someone with a mill that will work with you. When there is a large enough chunk on the mill that can be safely clamped, hot glue your piece of wood to it, then you can slab off whatever thickness you want. Thin for acoustic, thick for solid body.