View Full Version : Crazy Myrtle Wood

01-26-2012, 09:35 PM
You ever find a piece of wood and wish you had a truck load of the same stuff so you could sell it all off and retire? Well I found the most figured piece of myrtle I have ever seen. I buy this stuff rough sawn so you never really know what your getting as figure goes till its cut or sanded. I just cut into it today and it is going to be a pain to work with.


Chopped Liver
01-27-2012, 12:38 AM
Wow! That's gonna be a gorgeous uke!

Pete Howlett
01-27-2012, 04:35 AM
That's a great table top! No-one in their right mind would use it for anything else.....

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-27-2012, 07:21 AM
That's a great table top! No-one in their right mind would use it for anything else.....

Yep, I'm afraid Pete's right. Maybe it'll be OK for a peghead veneer.
Folks, you've got to first choose wood for it's tonal properties. If it's passed that test and it's pretty wood as well, then so much the better.

01-27-2012, 08:07 AM
Yes, it is going to be an overlay. It is just a big chunk of myrtle burl. Looks great but will not work for a body. I was even thinking about cutting a few fret boards and sending them in to get stabilized. I am not sure how they hold up after stabilizing but I am sure the resin they use would make it hard as heck Anyone ever done that with any success?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-27-2012, 09:04 AM
Try saturating it with thin ca glue. It looks like it would soak it up like a sponge.

01-27-2012, 09:19 AM
Yes it would, When I cut it, it was like a fiber moss and not sawdust. Crazy stuff. Yes when I saw it I knew it was great to look at but as dead as drift wood for tone. Just wanted to use it for how great it looked. I have a buddy that makes knives and when I get wood that is dead and not good for what I so I give it to him. It works out as I get custom knives all the time for all the wood I give him. I gave him some myrtle the other day because it was not quarter swan and he was totally excited. I have often wanted to use odd woods for fret boards but allays the worry about them holding up. I have wondered if stabilizing them would make them last over time. We have a local guy that impregnates them with a resign and it makes them hard as heck but not sure how that would work for a fret board. My knife making buddy uses him all the time. Have to try it out. I was just trying to see who would even try to bend it by asking. I make a fan tail type stum stick and was thinking about an over lay on the bottom of it over maple, like a vernier but it would need to be bent. Would not effect the sound at all just for looks. No a uke wood for me anyway.

01-27-2012, 09:29 AM
Do you have any pics of your builds?

01-27-2012, 12:16 PM
Here is a link to a few on photo bucket. I would have tuns more pics but my laptop died and we have not got the stuff of the hard drive yet. I have made many kinds but I will say I am new to ukes. I have made many ukes from cigar boxes but not traditional ones. I have also made a few things for friends like the thickness sander for lamination's out of aluminum and a pipe rack for a buddy from some great walnut. Also made a few selfbows for some archery friends.