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Edspyhill05
02-20-2018, 07:06 PM
This may seem really off the wall but is there a list of suppliers of laminated wood that can be used for making musical instruments? I am looking at the possibility of making a resonator 4-string guitar with a tambourine shell as the “sides”. I could buy the thin hobby birch plywood at Michaels. I like weird homemade instruments. My favorite mandolin was one I built from a kit many years ago.

Any info, advice will be appreciated.

Ed

sequoia
02-21-2018, 06:04 PM
How about making your own laminates by gluing up veneers? Plenty of veneer suppliers on-line and not expensive. I've never used laminates, but they do have advantages when it comes to bending. To me a problem might be when it comes to sanding. Don't want to sand through your fancy thin exotic show veneer. That could look weird.

jupiteruke
02-22-2018, 05:12 AM
I have made some laminated sides/back with a fancy veneer on the outside. After I get things bent and glued together, before doing any routing or sanding, I coat the outside with CA glue, since this is what I use as a pore filler. Sticks together any micro-cracks in the exotic veneer, fills any little voids in the veneer, and makes the surface very hard, rather difficult to sand through.

Example, Amboyna burl veneer

Edspyhill05
02-23-2018, 10:47 AM
Sequoia, jupiteruke,

Thanks you for the suggestions. I'm not set up for that kind of project, making my own laminated boards. I have this one project on hold indefinitely. First I have to finish the resonator conversion. I think I'll look into model ship and plane suppliers. Boat plans usually use thin mahogany plywood.

Ed

anthonyg
02-23-2018, 12:39 PM
I'm not an expert so take this with a grain of salt but aren't ALL laminated side instruments being laid up on/in the mould? Once a flat laminate has been layered up wouldn't it be harder to bend than a piece of solid wood?

Jardin
02-23-2018, 02:02 PM
I also build cajons for folks and because of the slapping I use a laminate tapa of mahogany and poplar I get from these folks:

http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraft.com/viewitems/aircraft-plywood/ogany-and-poplar-plywood-aircraft-grade-mil-p-6070

They have others as well but I have gotten these from them a few times and they are great looking and sound nice (for my purposes) as well. Shipping can be expensive though.....it cost me $38 to ship a 2'x4' piece to me here in NM recently. All in all I would rather pay too much for high quality materials than use inferior goods as I want to build the best.

Hope this helps & good luck on your build...sounds fun

Edspyhill05
04-09-2018, 12:17 PM
I also build cajons for folks and because of the slapping I use a laminate tapa of mahogany and poplar I get from these folks:

http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraft.com/viewitems/aircraft-plywood/ogany-and-poplar-plywood-aircraft-grade-mil-p-6070

They have others as well but I have gotten these from them a few times and they are great looking and sound nice (for my purposes) as well. Shipping can be expensive though.....it cost me $38 to ship a 2'x4' piece to me here in NM recently. All in all I would rather pay too much for high quality materials than use inferior goods as I want to build the best.

Hope this helps & good luck on your build...sounds fun

Sorry for the late reply. This is a perfect source for this wood. Now I plan to use laminate for back and sides, and maybe solid spruce for the top. So now I’m more positive about moving forward with my pineapple tenor ukulele.

Thank you very much,

Ed T.

printer2
04-10-2018, 04:18 AM
If you have a skateboard builder nearby they lay up the boards.

Jardin
04-12-2018, 05:19 AM
No problem....glad to help

Send us some pictures and a sound sample when its finished.

Always like to see "off the wall" ideas play out.