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Feb 2, 2024 - 6:19:42 PM
11182 posts since 6/17/2003

Can teak be used to make a banjo neck? I see some reclaimed teak from the battleship New Jersey. Thought it might be a cool idea

Feb 2, 2024 - 6:48:35 PM
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133 posts since 12/26/2019

There are previous discussions on the topic in the archive; search for 'teak'

Feb 2, 2024 - 7:31:27 PM

1887 posts since 2/21/2011

Here's a teak banjo I pulled off the internet some years ago:




 

Feb 3, 2024 - 7:21:42 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5679 posts since 1/5/2005

quote:
Originally posted by aaronoble

There are previous discussions on the topic in the archive; search for 'teak'


comes up with zero results...

Feb 3, 2024 - 8:19:56 AM
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133 posts since 12/26/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Bart Veerman
quote:
Originally posted by aaronoble

There are previous discussions on the topic in the archive; search for 'teak'


comes up with zero results...


https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/332837

https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/394619

https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/277846

Feb 3, 2024 - 10:10:08 AM

11182 posts since 6/17/2003

quote:
Originally posted by aaronoble

There are previous discussions on the topic in the archive; search for 'teak'


Been there, done that. 

Feb 3, 2024 - 11:35:16 AM

133 posts since 12/26/2019

My recollection of the earlier posts was that the oily nature of teak needed to be considered... I wonder if reclaimed teak is significantly less so... Cool idea

Feb 3, 2024 - 5:43:14 PM

2515 posts since 2/7/2008

I’ve got a teak banjo in the works.

I think teak would be a best to bend so I have a maple rim that I’ll veneer with teak.

The neck is teak and I’m expecting to leverage to oil to polish it instead of putting finish on it. I’ve experimented with this on teak turnings and I think it could make a fast neck.

You gave me an idea. I have some teak that was decking on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. Maybe I'll find a way to feature some of that. 

Edited by - Quickstep192 on 02/03/2024 17:44:57

Feb 3, 2024 - 9:17:01 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

5679 posts since 1/5/2005

Teak is a fabulous wood species, one of Momma Nature's finest! I've made a lot of bridges out of it over the years. Bridge-wise, it's especially suitable for 4-stringers.

The [large] teak stash I [still] have is the yellow, not the brown, South Asian [Burma/Mianmar] kind of teak. I don't see a problem at all for it to be used for block, or laminated steamed rims. For necks though, hmmm, based on extensive tests over about 20 years of putzen' around with it, I'm not sure at all that it can be trusted to stay at its original straightness. 

Do keep in mind: teak dust, while working it,  can be extremely hazardous to your health - the traditional woodworker's adage is: if you're not allergic to it yet, you'll soon will be...

About the oil that's within teak: yes, it's a tiny little bit oily which is awesome as a lubricant for bandsaw blades etc. No, it will not come dripping out at all so you don't need worry AT ALL about oil stains on your workbench. Besides oil, there's also a bunch of silica (sand) within teak making it hard on your bansaw's blade lifetime.

The one and only time you need to be careful is when you're about to glue teak, BEFORE YOU DO: make sure you wipe the to-be-glued surfaces with acetone, that's all.

When you do use teak for necks: fine sand 120>150>220>400>800>1200>2000 then use teak furniture oil, mixed 50-50 with mineral spirits. Yup, talk about yer awesome speed-necks smiley

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