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Apr 6, 2020 - 11:47:40 AM
1194 posts since 4/13/2017

I have some wood that I honestly don't know what to make with it. The first wood is cherry. Both pieces would be about 1-5/8" thick after being planed completely, and they appear to be flatsawn, though they are so wide that in the areas near the sapwood, they look quartersawn. One piece is badly cracked and should be very visible in the picture.

The second piece is a piece of mahogany. I didn't check the grain orientation on it, but it's about an 1" thick.

Both pictures have a tape measure in them to tell how big the pieces are.

If any of y'all can give me any ideas about banjo-related things I could make with this wood, it'd be much appreciated!


Apr 6, 2020 - 11:55:24 AM

LukeL

USA

20 posts since 9/14/2017

If nothing else, you could make some pretty neat containers for picks and capos. I've always wanted to experiment with making some things like that, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Apr 6, 2020 - 11:56:03 AM

28 posts since 12/19/2017

The cherry would be enough to make a block rim. The mahogany doesn’t have enough dimensions to make a neck. It would be best to be a solid piece. You could make armrest covers from it though.

Apr 6, 2020 - 12:16:03 PM

rcc56

USA

2756 posts since 2/20/2016

You won't know what it can be used for until you sand the edges smooth so you can get a good look at the grain.

If the grain is in the right direction, the cherry would be good for several two piece necks.
If the grain runs parallel to the face, it's good neck wood. If it's vertical to the face, it would be good for mandolin or guitar backs.

The mahogany is too short for a banjo neck, but long enough for a mandolin If the grain is vertical, it would be suitable for a mandolin back.

Maybe it's time for you to branch out.

Apr 7, 2020 - 5:34:42 AM

Fathand

Canada

11581 posts since 2/7/2008

You could make a guitar neck or maybe a short scale banjo neck with the mahogany using the scarf joint method of splicing on a headstock.

The cherry could be resawn into guitar back and sides, maybe not a dreadnaught size tho.

You could also make smaller instruments like mandolins or ukes

Apr 7, 2020 - 4:28:45 PM

35 posts since 2/25/2017

You could probably make a fiddle back out of the mahogany, and possibly get sides as well from the cut offs.

Apr 8, 2020 - 10:52:49 AM

285 posts since 12/28/2014

Piccolo banjo or a uke/violin

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