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Thread: Reclaimed Teardrop From a Redwood Picnic Table

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    Default Reclaimed Teardrop From a Redwood Picnic Table

    This is going to be an interesting one-off project:

    My customer has some redwood from an old picnic table that his grandfather built in the early 1960’s.
    The piece he sent me has some really tight vertical grain, and will make a great sounding soprano.
    We are going with a teardrop soprano body and a concert scale neck.
    The ukulele will be all-redwood; top, back, sides, and neck. The neck will have a walnut centerpiece for stiffness. All pieces were cut from the same board, and you know how that improves the tone.
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    Looks like a nice piece of wood! I've just finished a few small scale guitars and two ukes with redwood tops, they sound great. I'm interested to hear how you do bending it. To me it feels like a very brittle wood, at least when it's well-aged. Maybe that's just been the pieces I have though.

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    A teardrop will have only a one-way bend, so it should go okay. However the grain is quarter sawn, so it it will have to go slow. I have a piece of flat sawn as my plan B. I hope to be bending tomorrow. Wish me luck.

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    I had no trouble bending the redwood sides on this uke made from reclaimed wood. There was maybe a little more springback, but reheating the wood took care of that. Good luck!
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    A big thank you to the community for the cautions on bending old wood. I wasn't even thinking about the fact that the wood had become brittle with age. But I should have realized that old wood (like old builders) become more brittle as time goes on!
    Anyway, I thinned the sides to about 1/16" and made the the bends in 3 or 4 passes over the hot pipe.
    As you can see, the bend was not too severe...not like the waist of a soprano.
    Thanks again.
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    Starting to look like a ukulele.
    I am using a lot of claro walnut for accent and strength. Since claro is a Pacific wood, like redwood, they go together well.
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    That is looking great! I love the stripe on the neck. Claro does work wonderfully with redwood, that's for sure.

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    Construction is pretty much done...just waiting on some parts.
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    Any difficulties in the process? It looks lovely. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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    Looking good!
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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