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Dec 1, 2021 - 8:01:34 PM
15 posts since 1/28/2021

I have a dogwood that I need to cut on my property and while it may be too far gone by this point I'm gonna see if there is anything I can salvage out of it. My idea was to do a woody tone ring out of dogwood. It has a Janka rating of 2150 so I though it might be good for that. Searched the forums but all I found was info on the builder Dogwood Banjos. Anyone else tried this before? I have some magnolia I picked up when a local church was cutting back some of their trees and thought it would but neat to build the base of the pot from it with the dogwood tone ring. I know a local guy who has a kiln I thought about asking if he would dry the stuff for me.

Dec 1, 2021 - 9:48:29 PM



249 posts since 12/13/2012

I got a buddy that makes bridges out of Dogwood, I bet a tone ring would sound just fine; maybe a fretboard.

Dec 1, 2021 - 10:00:44 PM



94 posts since 6/3/2019

I’d probably be interested enough in seeing what it sounds like to try it- I just looked it up in the tone wood database, and the comment there is that it has poor dimensional stability that makes it better suited to standalone components.

Honestly I was a little disappointed to read that. Like I said though, I’d probably still try it.

Dec 2, 2021 - 3:16:08 AM
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15036 posts since 8/30/2006

I know of one Dogwood Longneck with a Tubaphone and bracket band.
I agree, I see every reason to use Magnolia with a Dogwood rim cap if you like.

If dimensional stability is an issue, change the "form" of the rim so the pieces push against each other.

If you are interested, I have a supplier from mid-Ohio who had Sasafrass and Catalpa, I have a few rims of both out there being played.

Let's find some use for the Kudzu.

Dec 2, 2021 - 4:32:27 AM
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4732 posts since 11/20/2004

My experience with using it for bridges was it sounding bright, but lacked the depth of tone that I hear in maple. I have no experience with wooden tone rings, but expect it would be a good one to try.

Dec 2, 2021 - 4:57:32 AM
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I think it would work fine—so would the magnolia.

Tulip (AKA yellow) poplar, and cucumber magnolia, both magnolias, are sold interchangeably as "poplar" where I live, and both have stiffness equal to maple, walnut, and cherry, so would probably be very good for rims.

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:28:36 AM
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671 posts since 8/13/2015

You can recognize dogwood by its bark….

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:38:59 AM



671 posts since 8/13/2015

“ Dogwood has excellent shock resistance, and is one of the hardest domestic woods of the United States or Canada. Its toughness is appreciated in a variety of applications, though its poor dimensional stability means that its use is usually restricted to unglued/unjoined standalone components where it’s expansion and contraction can occur freely.”

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