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    I just found this at my local wood supplier - a 12 ft length of 6x2 sapele with an amazing ribbon or flame figure.
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    Because of the presence of tiny pin size worm holes at intervals along the length, it was priced at an irresistible 25.
    Moisture content is currently 9%, and I am hoping my bandsaw can muster the power to convert this into soprano and concert sets, though I'll be needing a new blade.
    Any advice on the conversion process welcome! It isn't quartered, more like 45 degrees, but the figure runs all the way through.
    Last edited by Wildestcat; 10-08-2017 at 10:28 AM.
    Cheers
    Paul

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    Have any problems with this Paul, pop over and we'll convert it no problem together on my dedicated resaw. I have plenty of new blades...
    Last edited by Pete Howlett; 10-08-2017 at 08:00 AM.

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    Many thanks for the offer Pete. My Axminster BS11 should in theory be up to the task, but if not I'll be in touch! Are you using the Tuffsaws "SuperTuff Fastcut" blades with the unset tooth? http://www.tuffsaws.co.uk/index.php?...y&path=4_15_91
    Cheers
    Paul

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    Yes. They work very well.

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    Nice find Paul, should get a few sets from that, and would make some nice necks too( probably laminated). Mike

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    Nice score. The "worm" holes can be filled. Probably not caused by worms but by what we call over here powder post beetle larvae. Be aware that the little bastards lay their eggs in those holes so kill them now before they continue to eat your excellent find which does have some nice flame. Lotta ukes in there... The concept of quarter sawn wood still confuses me at times, but you say it was probably sawn at a 45 degree angle from the log, wouldn't that make it quarter sawn?

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    That's an incredible buy. I use sapele for necks and I pay a lot more than that for plain stuff. Don't worry about the angle of the grain, it's not exactly slab cut. I'd be tempted to use it all for body wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    Nice score. The "worm" holes can be filled. Probably not caused by worms but by what we call over here powder post beetle larvae. Be aware that the little bastards lay their eggs in those holes so kill them now before they continue to eat your excellent find which does have some nice flame.
    I think these holes are due to ambrosia beetle and larvae, which as far as I can discover only attack growing trees or freshly felled logs. The holes are small diameter, quite deep, run across the grain and are black on the inside - which I gather are all characteristics of ambrosia. It doesn't attack seasoned wood, and kiln drying sees it off. Classed as "no treatment required" by specialist wood treatment companies.

    I've ordered a couple of the supertuff fastcut blades, so I'll give resaw a try in a few days.
    Cheers
    Paul

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    Nothing better than a good wood SCORE!!

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    Any tips for resawing old furniture. I picked up a large table for 40 a year ago from fleabay with the intent to turn into ukes when my current stash runs out. Its more or less all perfectly quarter sawn 5/6" sections but over a metre wide.20171009_194940.jpg20171009_195129.jpg

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