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    Trash or Treasure

    I've had a few pieces of silver maple burly chunks kicking me in the shins for the last few years. They were beautiful when I first got them but I procrastinated and didn't process them into the bowl blanks I wanted and they just sat around outside under a leaky tarp with bark on for a few years getting all wormy, cracked and fungus covered. I finally felt guilty and debarked them and brought them inside the conditioned garage which stopped the fungus but made the cracks worse. I figured they were goners and was about to put them in the truck for the land fill just to free up some space, but before trashing them thought I'd take a few slices on the band saw to see if there might still be some life left. Blue stain got to them so they are pretty dark and lifeless off the saw, but a few spritzes of mineral spirits brings out some color. I think there are potentially some really nice book matched panels in there. What do you think?
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    #7 looks like a pair of seahorses back to back looking left and right! But I think they belong in the trash, I personally would hate to see you send them to the landfill so would send you the cost of shipping and I will dispose of them properly in my outside wood boiler (after I cut as many pen blanks as possible out of them!!!!!!!!!!!!) Those are gorgeous, put them to good use!
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    I am not into natural edge things, but the people around here who are pay a fortune for slabs like those. Me... I would cut veneers and make 2 way or 4 way bookmatched table tops or door panels or whatever (but not with natural edges). They look very interesting.
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    Man oh man, that stuff looks nice. As much as I'd like to see what could be turned out of wood like that, I think your idea of making some bookmatched panels (solid body guitar tops?) or veneers would maximize the yield and number of pieces that could be made from that nasty, ugly wood.
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    nice wood, make table tops or some real fine cutting boards or clocks..good stuff ted
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    Sometimes, woods are like fine wines... they need to age a bit... those have aged nicely.
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    I'm with Vaughn, first thought was what a nice solid body guitar top they would make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Man oh man, that stuff looks nice. As much as I'd like to see what could be turned out of wood like that, I think your idea of making some bookmatched panels (solid body guitar tops?) or veneers would maximize the yield and number of pieces that could be made from that nasty, ugly wood.
    I'm with Vaughn, but I thought a solid body guitar had to have good tone wood - resonate well. I thought a burl had too irregular a structure to meet that requirement. And any fungus in wood (spalting) destroyed the tone-wood quality. But if you need someone to scrap them for you, I volunteer to make panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I'm with Vaughn, first thought was what a nice solid body guitar top they would make.
    Hadn't thought of that. I like building little boxes, so was thinking what great box tops they would make. Most are 15/16" and could be easily resawn again. How thick does a guitar top have to be?

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